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Mathematics / Science


Mathematics

Given access to tangible mathematical materials in their early years, children can easily assimilate many facts and skills of arithmetic.  (These same facts and skills, if introduced later in an abstract form, are often the cause of much drill and drudgery).
    As children become interested in counting, they greatly enjoy touching or moving the items they are counting.  The concrete Montessori materials for mathematics – designed to be combined, separated, shared and compared – enable children to discover for themselves the basic operations of mathematics.
    In a Montessori classroom, there are a variety of materials that can be used for numeration, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.  This variety maintains children's interest while giving them many opportunities for the necessary repetition.

Science and Nature
    Children's innate curiosity about the natural world is stimulated through nature walks, the sharing of special items discovered in nature, and later through projects and simple experiments.  The enjoyment of the plant and animal kingdoms fosters a love and respect for all living things.