Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Montessori Math and Preschool Academic Success

NAMC montessori math preschool academic success working with the red rods

It has been so rewarding to follow Jordan’s progress this year and to observe his confidence grow in each curriculum area in our Montessori preschool environment. He began the school year knowing very few phonetic sounds and numbers, and is completing the school year reading Grade 1 literature and being able to add and subtract using the Montessori Golden Bead Material — amazing!

Preschool Academic Success: Jordan's Love for Montessori Math

Montessori math is an area that Jordan has been particularly interested in over the past couple of months and I can certainly understand why. Who wouldn’t love working with materials that are colorful, beautiful, intricate, and interesting?

I love the fact that the materials clearly appeal to a child’s senses, and that the emphasis is always on the process and not on simply getting the right answer. In doing so, it eliminates the fear and apprehension that often goes hand in hand with mathematics and instead, the focus is on discovery and exploration!

Jordan is so proud to be able to write numerals 1 through 9,999 and to be able to associate the numerals with the respective quantities. He has become very proficient with static addition and static subtraction using the Bead Material and is ready to explore the process of exchanging (“carrying” in arithmetic problems)… quite an achievement for a four year old!

This year long series looks at the experiences of teachers, parents, students, and Montessori education itself, as we follow a student through his first year at a Montessori Preschool. Montessori Insights and Reflections of a Preschool Child’s First Year is a collection of useful stories, tips, and information that have arisen from one real student's Montessori journey.

Bree — NAMC Tutor & Graduate

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.


  1. Isn't it wonderful how a little love, from a teacher who cares, and educational guidance from a great learning program can mean so much?!


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