App Review

Intro to Math, by Montessorium

Fascinating hands-on activities unlock key beginning number concepts

  • The Montessori number rods show how quantities match to numerals.

  • Numbers are spoken by a narrator, then kids are encouraged to tap and trace them.

  • Kids shake the iPad to scatter the red rods, then reorganize them by length and sound.

  • Work with round, red counters to learn about odd and even numbers.

Review
Pros: Amazing combinations of colors, visuals, and sounds help kids learn numbers in engaging ways.
Cons: No cons, although this app might benefit by including more about zero and an intro to basic addition and subtraction.
Bottom Line: Virtual Montessori-style tools help kids understand foundational number concepts.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

The orderly activties are placed in a beautifully designed app, and provide just enough challenge to keep very young kids engaged in learning numbers 0 to 9.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Intro to Math combines highly regarded teaching methods and simple, colorful virtual tools with a variety of interactive activities for a solid learning experience.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Clear verbal instructions lead kids through each activity, and visual and musical clues offer guidance and hints. Choose from multiple languages for instructions.

Our Review
What's It Like?

Intro to Math, by Montessorium uses Montessori sensorial and math manipulatives -- Red Rods, Number Rods, Sandpaper Numbers, and more -- to introduce kids to concepts that help them understand and write numbers 0-9. Audio narration leads kids through each activity, and visual clues offer guidance and hints. Kids trace numerals, count dots, stack bars of different lengths, and more. The app presents lessons in a variety of ways, maximizing the chances that kids will click with at least one presentation of each concept: The number three for example, may be represented by the numeral 3, three dots, or a stick with three segments. Kids move the items around and place them in various orders. Eventually the different representations of the numbers are mixed and integrated with one another. Activities promote learning numbers and counting through play and repetition.

Is It Good For Learning?

Kids can learn to recognize, write, and understand numbers 0 to 9 with Intro to Math, by Montessorium. They also learn counting, quantities, measurement, even and odd numbers, and sequencing. As kids interact with the objects onscreen, they experience virtual Montessori math lessons that infuse learning about numbers with key mathematical concepts, such as spatial relations, measurement, units, and odd/even numbers. With the Montessori approach, kids can try multiple ways of connecting abstract math concepts to real-world examples. They also develop thinking and reasoning skills as they progress through each activity. Intro to Math, by Montessorium combines highly regarded teaching methods with an engaging app design for a solid learning experience.

How Can Teachers Use It?

Intro to Math, by Montessorium may be a good app to use with your entire class to introduce specific concepts -- such as linear measurement or even and odd numbers -- in a visual, interactive way. Because the verbal directions are extremely simple and clear, this is also an excellent practice app for kids to explore on their own, especially after working with hands-on manipulatives, such as a real set of number rods or sandpaper numbers. Also, consider suggesting this app to parents as an example of a quality early math app they could use at home with their preschoolers.

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