Counting is one of the basic skills in early math. There are plenty of ways you could teach your kids to count from 1 to 10. But, it may be a bit challenging to teach them how to count up to 100, or even 1000.
Fortunately, Les Elles Trois added Montessori Math City to its great collection of Montessori math apps to help kids learn about the decimal system. Using typical Montessori approaches, such as golden beads and Seguin board, kids can learn the different place values from units and tens, to hundreds and thousands.
Count the Beads and Build the Blocks
You can start by learning about the Montessori golden beads. Each bead represents a single unit. After you learn how to combine beads to construct numbers between 1 and 9, you can learn how to combine 10 beads into a single string of ten.
Then, by combining strings of tens and individual beads in a Seguin board, you can construct any numbers between 11 and 99. If you combine 10 strings of tens, you will see a square platform of one hundred.
Again, by combining platforms of hundreds with strings of tens and individual beads, you can construct any number between 101 to 999. And finally, you will learn how to create a cube of 1000 by combining 10 platforms of hundreds.
Montessori Math City offers an alternative to learn how to count up to 1000. You start by building up a multi-story building from 1-level building to 9-level building. Then, you will learn to build different kinds of buildings whose units are counted as tens and hundreds. Hence, similar to counting beads, you can build three different kinds of blocks to achieve any number from 1 to 999.
Parents Need to Know
Montessori Math City supports up to 40 user profiles, making it a perfect fit for classroom usage. Kids ages 5+ can use this app to learn that 10 tens is equal to one hundred and ten hundreds is equal to 1000.
Within the golden beads activity, kids can also practice their beads counting skill with the in-app quiz. The quiz challenges them to construct a number from individual beads, strings of tens, and platforms of hundreds. Conversely, it also challenges kids to guess what number the current combination of beads represent.
Montessory Math City is available in 15 different languages including French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Danish, Turkish and Korean.
Things I Like
As you play the different activities and practice your counting skills, the app will reward you with items to build their city. Items are given according to the gameplay levels. You start with the small houses, and work your way up to the skyscrapers.
Montessori Math City is about making your own unique city. You can remodel them anytime and as often as you like. Once you learn which game level will unlock particular kinds of cars and buildings, you can pretty much replay specific games to collect the right elements that you need to build your city just the way you want it.
Montessori Math City offers a solid way for kids ages 5+ to learn how to count up to 1000. It uses Montessori golden beads, Seguin board, and number blocks to teach kids the different place values from units to hundreds. And by allowing kids to build their own cities, you can rest assured that they will be motivated to play the games over and over. Just make sure you tap everything on screen because some of the city elements are quite interactive.
App was provided for our honest review.