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Montessori Counting Board
Pros: Visual numeric tiles, counting squares, and verbal reinforcement.
Cons: Mode in which numbers can appear out of order may confuse preschoolers.
Bottom Line: Decent early counting practice, but can be confusing too.
If you are using manipulatives in class to teach counting, use Montessori Counting Board to reinforce the lesson by showing kids digitally colored squares that appear in groups in conjunction with the corresponding numeral tiles. Kids learning to count up or down can use this app to practice that skill as often as they'd like with no levels or limits; all adjustments are made by teachers in the settings. Add your own "success sounds" for more meaningful praise.
Montessori Counting Board is a learn-to-count app that uses visual number tiles, colored squares, and verbal reinforcement to help kids learn numbers up to 20. There are five play modes: Learn to Count, Learn to Count Up, Learn to Count Down, Drag to Count Up, or Drag to Count Down. In the basic Learn to Count mode, kids tap any number tile they see and the number will appear. As a result, sometimes numbers are placed out of order on the screen. For example, the board may show tiles in order of 1, 2, 5, 4, 3. In the other modes, kids hear an error sound if they choose numbers out of numeric order. Teachers can change settings including game sounds, success messages, and number range. You can also record your own voice or a student's voice for a personalized experience. Montessori Counting Board provides very basic numbers practice for young kids.
For Montessori Counting Board to be effective, it's important that teachers set the app to the appropriate number range and mode for their students' age and current understanding of numbers and counting. The mode in which numbers can appear out of order (depending upon where the player taps) may confuse preschoolers. The colored tiles representing each numeral correspond with the correct number of individual squares. This is clearly a Montessori-inspired feature, but the constant and non-specific praise seems out of step with typical Montessori style (although that can be removed in settings). If you're looking for a digital version of Montessori numbers-style practice, other similar apps may be a better choice.