App review by Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Education | Updated July 2017
Montessori Preschool
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Montessori Preschool

Play mini-games for coins in classic Montessori classroom

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Pre-K–K This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
Subjects & Skills
Arts, English Language Arts, Math, Science

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Pros: Commonly known Montessori work is incorporated into fun activities.

Cons: Some instruction icons are tiny; it may be hard for some kids to see them.

Bottom Line: Terrific mini-games; use of coin rewards not aligned with the Montessori Method.

Teachers can use Montessori Preschool as a supplement to traditional hands-on Montessori work. Playing these Montessori games in digital form helps present them in an alternate way prior to (or after) introducing the hands-on work. This is especially for kids who struggle with fine motor skills, concentration in busy classrooms, or other group-learning scenarios. Because games are leveled and increase in difficulty as kids level up, kids should play individually on separate devices. If teachers create an account, they can access Montessori Preschool from up to seven devices.

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Montessori Preschool is a subscription-based app for kids age 3 to 7 with activities designed by certified Montessori teachers. The activities in math, language, practical life, and art align with the fundamentals of the Montessori Method: self-correction, autonomy, self-confidence, and adaptability. Kids can learn numbers and basic math, practice handwriting and spelling, learn geometric shapes, feed a fish and clean its tank, and more. Kids earn coins by completing activities and can use the coins to decorate their classroom or dress their avatar. If teachers create an account, they can access a dashboard that tracks kids' progress and suggests an appropriate next activity.

Kids can practice early literacy and math skills with Montessori Preschool. Topics like basic geometry vocabulary and shapes identification, art, practical life skills, and geography learning are appropriate for kids age 3 to 7. They also present experiences with the fundamentals of Montessori learning: self-correction, autonomy, self-confidence, and adaptability. However, the use of coins as rewards doesn't align with Montessori fundamentals, so purists might not love that feature.

The app is good for preschoolers who need supplemental practice in foundational math and language concepts presented in a mini-game format. Some games or instructions aren't as well-designed as others, and sometimes kids may struggle to figure out what they're supposed to do in a game. Teachers should be available to help kids when needed. In as much as the Montessori method can be replicated through a screen, Montessori Preschool does a pretty good job. 

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Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

Kids' avatars walk about the beautiful classroom playing fun mini-games. Access new content monthly.

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

The activities in math, language, practical life, and art are designed to align with the fundamentals of the Montessori Method: self-correction, autonomy, self-confidence, and adaptability.

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

An on-screen hand shows kids what to do. Some step-by-step icons may be too small for kids to tell what they represent.


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