Parent Information Evening – The Montessori Maths Materials
Thank you to everyone who attended this wonderful evening last Tuesday.
The presentation began with an overview of the importance of children developing a sound understanding of place value, and an introduction to the significance of the Montessori materials. Then Steph, Anne-Marie, Kristy, Michelle and James explained how a sound understanding of the concept of place value is taught in each Cycle. Finally, parents had the opportunity to explore the materials and ask questions.
We very much enjoyed the opportunity to share some of our favourite materials with parents and really appreciated their enthusiasm, and the thought-provoking questions that were asked.
We hope that everyone found our presentation interesting and that you now have a deeper understanding of the concept of place value and how we use the materials to support children’s growing understanding and ability to manipulate numbers.
Here are some quotes from two of our parents:
The most impressive thing to me was the very clear and obvious dedication the teachers have in learning and understanding the Montessori materials themselves. This is a crucial element to them competently and confidently guiding their students and I was inspired. You realise the concept is different but you don’t truly know how different and special until you see it, or DO it for yourself.
Amazing, everything has a purpose with future work and growth in mind.
The Montessori Maths materials evening was interesting and informative and I am very glad I went. It was great to see just how our children are being taught, and have a chance to “play” again ourselves. The teachers were enthusiastic and clearly know the materials well -and have lots of ideas on how to use them. It was really interesting to see just how the materials gradually became more abstract as the children grew, and to learn how the older students adapted them for their own purposes.
Please let us know if you have any particular requests for topics for our next Parent Information Evening.