Montessori math introduces the elementary students to the study of the fundamentals of algebra, geometry, and statistics, along with the principles of arithmetic.
Our students learn to recognize complex geometric shapes and figures. They learn to define, calculate, and draw geometrical relationships: angles, polygons, circumference, area, volume, algebra, and geometry are interrelated.
Elementary Montessori students gain hands-on experience by applying math in a wide range of projects, activities, and challenges, such as graphing the daily temperature and compounding its monthly average, or adjusting the quantities called for in a recipe in order to feed a larger number of people. Also, because the children love to work outdoors, we try to prepare tasks that utilize the school grounds whenever possible. For example, using simple geometry, they can determine the height of a tree, measure the dimensions of the buildings, or calculate how much we will feed our school animals in a year. The students prepare scale drawings, calculate area and volume, and build scale models of historical devices and structures.
Montessori mathematics climb in sophistication through the level of trigonometry and calculus. It includes careful study of the practical application of mathematics in everyday life, such as measurement, handling of finances, making economic comparisons, and gathering and analyzing data.