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MATHEMATICS

Maths is all around the young child from day one. How old are you? In one hour you will go to school. You were born on the 2nd.

 

Number itself cannot be defined and our understanding of numbers grows from experience with real objects but eventually they become abstract ideas. It is one of the most abstract concepts that the human mind has encountered.

 

In the Montessori classroom, five families with math are presented to the child: arithmetic, geometry, statistics and calculus.

 

The mathematical material gives the child his own mathematical experience and to arrive at individual work. There are some teacher directed activities but these are followed by activities for the individual. Some work begins with small group lessons, these too will be toward independent, individual work.