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!
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.