The mathematics curriculum allows the child to explore and discover new concepts through a "hands on" approach. Each concept is presented with materials that allow the child to experience a concept several ways:
The child works with the Montessori material to allow him or her to move towards the process of abstraction. All mathematical concepts are presented in this way, for example:
The Montessori child feels as though math is a puzzle to figure out and approaches Mathematics without hesitation. The child is given the "keys" to unlock the mysteries of the mathematical world.
The elementary child has already been provided with a rich sensorial experience of geometry through his or her work with materials in the primary classroom. The work is expanded upon in the elementary program. The child learns the proper names of geometric solids and figures, and explores the triangle as the "constructor" or building block for all geometric figures.
Exploring Geometric Concepts
Once the child has acquired knowledge of geometric vocabulary, he or she will explore geometric concepts such as:
Relating Concepts, Working with Materials
The child learns how each concept relates to each other by working with materials that allow him or her to build and experiment with each concept. Each topic is studied in great detail.
The Montessori student will also explore concepts such as congruency, similarity and equivalence, transitivity, area, volume, Pythagorean theorem and Euclid's theorem.
Scholarship program available to Primary (3 - 6) and Elementary (6 - 12) aged children. All information is provided to FAST and kept confidential to Independent School Management FAST advisors. Opens Jan. 1st for the following Fall school year. Closes April 30th.
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Dr. Maria Montessori
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