Thank you so much to all who came out to our “Montessori Math” parent night. It was a great turn out and the parents who attended were amazed by the progression of the Math curriculum from Casa through Upper Elementary, the material and the way in which it is presented to the children, and how the children learn to internalize mathematical concepts.
Please find following some information, videos and pictures of the evening:
The Montessori Math Curriculum is broad in its scope. It begins with the child’s first impressions of numeracy: counting objects and then matching them to representative numerals. Later on, children will practice operations, measurement , fractions, algebra and many other topics in Math.
At each stage, the child will have the opportunity to use manipulatives – the specialized Montessori materials. “Manipulate” is derived from the Latin root “manus”, which means “hand”. These concrete materials allow children to get a “handle”, quite literally, on mathematics concepts in the concrete sense. It is only after the children have successfully practiced a skill with concrete materials that they are asked to make abstractions. By this point, true understanding of the process has been internalized and children can work out and record calculations with pencil and paper.
Along the Montessori Math continuum, there exist many instances of overlap and connections between different pieces of work at different levels. There are also many opportunities for children to practice and incorporate already mastered skills in more and more challenging ways.
For this evening’s Math adventure, we will guide you along 2 strands, geometry and multiplication, and explore some of the materials children will use at the Casa, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary levels. Enjoy!
Please click this link to view the Casa Montessori Math Night video: http://youtu.be/mUNv3FwBGKs
To view the Lower Elementary Montessori Math Night video please click the following link: http://youtu.be/bygWqyyjBZI
Coming Soon!! Watch the spot for the Upper Elementary Montessori Math Night video!