Mathematics

The mathematics component of our curriculum supports a child’s natural love of math concepts and activities which occurs early in their life.  These activities include: counting, sorting, classifying objects, experiences with series of sizes and colors, weighing and measuring, etc.  Following from Dr. Montessori’s concept of the sensorial environment, we develop the mathematical mind by giving censorial experiences first, and only onto activities such as addition, etc.

A common misconception is that learning mathematics means that students are being forced to memorize multiplication tables, as many of us were taught at school.  This is not the case in the Montessori environment.  As discovered by Dr. Montessori, children of this age love to learn mathematics through the sensorial materials.  In fact, they often learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with the decimal system and with fractions, simultaneously.  The materials and activities at Glen Abbey Montessori School follow this concept, and children happily work away at their mathematical activities.  By approaching mathematics in this way, it becomes a fun learning activity for our young learners, one that is present in every aspect of their daily lives, rather than something that must be memorized (and often not understood).