Numbers are all around us, and from a very early age, children are exposed to them (absorbent mind).
The Montessori philosophy is no different and has many activities that help children build a positive relationship with numbers. The activities start with fixed quantities and numerals, and then progress to unfixed quantities and numerals, this helps to build the child’s understanding and confidence.
Just like every other Montessori activity, children will be shown how to do the activities, and will then be encouraged to move on when they feel competent. Children get concrete experiences with numbers, which helps them to understand the concepts faster as they are using their senses and actually touching the equipment.
“Children are unique individuals, education should be individualised for each child.”- Maria Montessori.
Rods, spindles, beads and cubes are all used to help children learn and visualise numbers and their quantities. Montessori Oamaru will have all this wonderful equipment in the classroom for the children to use and work with when they are ready to explore. This equipment is just another facet of the classroom and the Montessori philosophy, which helps create an environment so unique and exciting where children’s learning and development is at the cornerstone of everything.