Montessori Math

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Montessori Math

This program builds up the preschooler’s foundation in Math. It is a very hands-on approach to learning Math.

The approach to implementation of Math education in our classroom begins with a three-period lesson which is the hallmark of Montessori education. In math enrichment classes, we approach to introducing any new material, vocabulary or a new concept to the child for the first time before he starts using them in an activity. Sandpaper numerals are introduced to children through a three-period lesson. The teacher traces as she pronounces the number and encourages the child to do the same.

Our enrichment classes for preschooler are categorized into six groups and the advancement of the preschooler from one group to another depends on factors such as age and the quantum of practice and level of mastery the child has achieved working with exercises within the previous groups.

Group 1 introduces the child to numbers one through ten. The large wooden rods, spindle boxes and cards and counters help to reinforce the names of the numbers in association with their quantities and written symbols.

Group 2 introduces the child to the Decimal System. The bead materials and the associated cards for each category (units hundreds, tens and thousands) focus on the hierarchy and the functions of the decimal system.

Group 3 exercises include Linear and skip counting within 11 to 99. tens and teens boards are used to explain to the child, linear counting in association with the colorful beads that represent quantity along with their numeral symbols. The child is also prologue to the colors of each bead bar which is important for the preschoolers.

Group 4 includes decimal operations and calculations which involve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Sums using colorful beads with different number cards. The concept that ten units will become a ten bar, ten bars will become a hundred, and ten hundred will become a thousand is the central idea behind these operations.

In Group 5 the child is at the intermediate stage of progression towards abstraction. The exercises give the child the opportunity to explore essential number combinations within the family of 10 boards. The use of mathematical ideas to solve problems with small number rods and the snake game teaches the child about number bonds. The child also learns to record his answers while doing operations with short bead stairs and board.

Group 6 focuses on the exploration of individual sums in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as well as the memorization of tables through practice. These children are old enough to progress into the abstract representation of concrete materials. These enriching math exercises in the group allow the preschooler to work more with the symbols on paper, using control cards to check their answers.

This cognitive teaching approach based on a well-prepared environment, scientifically designed materials, and systematic grouping of exercises form the mainstay of the Montessori curriculum that sets them distinctively apart from the traditional curriculum. It is very common to hear parents of children from conventional classrooms complain that their children have acquired a distaste for Math. Montessori children on the contrary have the opportunity to see the ‘why they are doing what they are doing’ of math in its most concrete form at a very early age. By doing so they encounter a feeling of free choice. Another advantage is, that since young children are instinctively drawn to order, the Math curriculum provides them the expression of order in abundance. This makes their journey of learning fun and pleasurable.

Montessori Math enrichment classes strengthen the child’s problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking skills. It provides an all-rounded holistic development to the child and thus fulfills his social need for functional knowledge, logic, and reasoning. The materials also present sensorial experiences that prepare the child for geometry and algebra concepts needed at the primary school level.

Recommended Age

  • 3.5 – 7 years


  • Every Fri 1.30 – 3pm
  • Every Sat 11.30 – 12.30pm

Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society.




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