Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Learning through Play at Montessori: Numbers

Children just love learning numbers - from counting 'one, two' when changing shoes to joining in with number songs to counting biscuits at snack time.

When they are ready to do some more formal learning, they have special Montessori number rods for counting up to 10 and sandpaper numbers to learn the shapes of the symbols through sight, sound AND touch. Tracing the sandpaper letters lets them feel the numbers so they can start to write them themselves. A tray with sand or salt is great for practice. If they are not happy with the shape they’ve made they just shake it and have another go!


They soon learn that their age is a number, their house has a number, and that count-downs are fun, especially down to their birthday.

Our children's learning is not limited to the classroom. In the garden they play games like hopscotch and boules and they love parking their cars in numbered parking bays. The older children write on printer labels to number the cars, front and back, and sometimes match the car numbers to the bays.


A combination of fun indoor and outdoor learning activities helps to keep the children’s love of learning alive and well!

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