Award Winning Montessori Numbers – Learn to Count from 1 to 1000 by L’Escapadou has just had a major overhaul to its app which was originally released in 2012. This app follows the theory that learning mathematical concepts begins concretely and progresses toward the abstract. This sound approach gives children the foundation of basic math concepts that follow a specific order, build coordination, develop concentration, and instills independence all while using virtual tools. This significant update has brought an already wonderful app to sheer brilliance! All the kids we worked with were completely engaged in learning and had fun whilst playing. Added to this new version is the ability to add counting objects from your own photos, a motivating element that involves kids creativity in the process by letting them count with their favorite objects. Notice the yummy chocolate in the photo? Well, that has always worked for me! In addition, the new Hundred(s) Board now has been expanded to teach place values up to 1000! How cool is that?
The genius in Montessori Numbers – Learn to Count from 1 to 1000 is its sheer elegance and simplicity. There are no mooing cows or horses on trampolines conveying concepts. The design and its execution are timeless. Children interact directly with the materials, which makes the information relevant. In this way, the activities themselves serve as an anchor in which to build upon the concrete intricacies of early mathematical constructs. By bringing in the visual, auditory and motor systems in a non-cluttered space, kids can focus, synchronize, and integrate the information better. All the activities are easy to translate to real world manipulatives, and this promotes generalization for use of the information in practical life. There are six sections to explore, and each has its own focus and purpose:
- 1 to 20 introduces the numbers 1 to 5, 1 to 10, and there is a special section for teaching 11 to 20. By actually stacking objects using a 1:1 correspondence, kids begin to pair the names of the numbers with their relative quantities.
- In the Quantity game, kids match objects to a targeted number. It expands the previous game just a little from knowing what the number looks, sounds, and feels like and translates it to what it is, in a non-linear progression. This game really s the wheat from the shaft and tells teachers who understand that numbers represent quantities. There is an added option to hide the visual of the number to increase the games demands.eparates
- The Hundred board is really cool. It teaches not only sequence but also place value up to 1000! It’s thrilling to see a child “get it” when they notice all the ones, twos, and threes are lining up. Options to place or flip over numerals, have the numbers sounded out, or start on any transition from 1-100 to 401-500 will keep kids engaged for hours.
- Numerals have kids matching the name (sound) of the number with its written form. Objects fall corresponding to the numbers selected. Wrong answers are not blocked but are also not rewarded with a musical fanfare.
- Numerals (from quantity) switches up the previous game by having kids sound out by counting of objects and then select the number from a tray below. Skip counting can be taught using a base of ten…. which is also presented in the Hundred Board and Quantity Games. See where this is going? There is such a beautiful flow from one activity to the next.
- Lastly, is the Tracing game. Trace numerals from 0-9. And if you have any of L’Escapadou’s writing apps, you will know how reinforcing the Tracing game is with the fun graphics.
This is a must have app for every teacher or therapist’s toolbox, and a TWA Top Pick. What we liked:
- Montessori Numbers is aligned to CC Standards
- Cross-referencing and varied approaches to early learning to ensure generalization
- Visually clean and therefore facilitates focus and attention on teaching material
- It contains no ads or IAPs.
- The options and versatility within each game keep it fresh and most of all fun
- Options, options, options! This app can be tailored to an individual child’s needs in every activity
- The ability to keep data on individual students
- Lovely guide on the pedagogue of Montessori methods