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Montessori Math City

Montessori Math City

Spring 2015 Mobile Apps
Ages: 5 - 7 yrs.
Download Price: $3.99
Platform: iPad

The Montessori approach to education frequently uses props for learning activities. In a traditional Montessori classroom, beads are used for teaching math. This app continues that approach digitally, in two different games. First, players "build" numbers. Montessori Golden Beads (spheres) are lined up in units of ones, tens, hundreds and a cube for thousands. Players start by practicing adding units up to nine by dragging the beads onto a designated space. Each straight forward challenge must be completed successfully in order to continue. The second game is Number Blocks, where players drag and drop cubes to match the challenge arrangement. In both games, players see the beads, blocks and the numbers simultaneously. The reward for successful completion of tasks is two-fold; primarily, there is a specific sequence that must be completed to advance from ones to tens, to hundreds, etc. Solving the challenges is rewarding and satisfying. The secondary reward is building "My City." Here players are rewarded cars, buildings and other features to be placed and rearranged in the digital city they're building. The more challenges solved, the more (and sometimes bigger) playthings are earned. Very clean, simple graphics keep the player focused on task, no unrelated animation or narration to distract from the concept being practiced.

Kristin Harris   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Kristin Reiber Harris is an artist, animator and educator who has created over 50 short form animations with a focus on educational media for young children. Her work has been broadcast on HBO Family and screened in numerous film festivals around the country. She is currently developing interactive media introducing young children to great works of art through stories. Kristin writes about her interests in kids, art and technology at

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Les Trois Elles Interactive
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