The story goes that when the fist class of Montessori Primary (age 3 – 6) opened in Rome, Italy, the children were not taught math until they asked if they could study it. It was when the 3 – 6 children asked to use the math materials from the elementary classes and where more successful at the learning these concept, that math began to be a important part of the Primary Level for children from the age of three to six.
Many people misunderstand, at first, what is means to learn math at this age. They remember how they learned the multiplication tables for example – tedious and boring, hours of painful repetition that was certainly not the first choice of their activities.
In the 3 -6 class, children love to learn the quantities and symbols for numbers in the thousands. What is in it?