Trainer: Abraham Ogunkanmbi
The Montessori materials in Pre-school are designed to allow the child an opportunity to exercise his/her mathematical mind as a gateway to abstraction. Through sensorial experiences and indirect preparation, the child measures, compares and analyzes. These skills assist him/her in discriminating size and quantity.
The Montessori math materials enable the child to work with numbers beyond ten without difficulty because the child finds that no hierarchy contains more than nine of its kind. Therefore, knowledge of one through ten is sufficient once the child has learned the language: hundred, thousand, etc.
The concept of quantity, symbol (number) recognition, counting, the hierarchical properties of the decimal system, impressions of squaring and cubing, operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and fractions – are developed through extensive work with concrete materials.