I know this goes against my plans for less screen time, but I figured playing educational apps on the iPad has to be better than vegetating in front of a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse marathon on TV. Since Gareth has been sick I have relaxed screen time – even for Gavin who has been severely neglected since Gareth got sick. In fact, I’ve been going easy on Gavin with everything and I’m sure we’ll be dealing with the repercussions soon enough. Although, that said, Gavin has been really terrific about me having to spend so much time with his brother and not being able to do much with him.
I digress… I found more Montessori-style apps for the iPad for Gareth (and Gavin) to play which I thought were pretty cool. Most are created by Rantek (who have enlarged their library of Montessori apps since the last time we wrote about them):
Gareth really enjoyed playing with the Hundred Board and these are great to follow up with after the Hundred Board:
I’m pretty sure I wrote about this one before, but here it is again… Gareth really likes Approach to Montessori Numbers by Brain Counts which teaches numbers from 1-10 with dancing numbers, tracing, number rods, bead stairs, blocks, and counters. This has been a real oldie but goodie that Gareth enjoys even now.
More familiar Montessori materials for teaching other subjects:
Montessori Approach To Language – Movable Alphabet will help your child familiarise with the alphabets, learn how to spell, and have fun building words.
Montessori Approach To Cosmic Education – Planets of the Solar System teaches children various facts about the solar system, the relative sizes of the planets, the motion of the planets in orbit around the sun (something I’ve been looking for for ages!), and a card matching activity to help them familiarise with the different planets and their names.
Montessori Approach to Geography – Flags of Europe – teaches your child the different flags for each country in Europe. There is also a game for your child to pin the flag to its country on a map of Europe. This is a great supplementary activity for children learning country flags (check out our free flash card resource).
Montessori Card Matching – Animals – this activity is very similar to the card matching activity that is done in TweedleWink classes. I really hope they make more apps like this one covering other subjects.
A Montessori Sensorial Exercise – Brown Stair & Pink Tower – is a recommended for helping children understand size. They learn how to discern the different sizes from large to small.
abc Sequence – is a basic app teaching children the order of the alphabets and their association with names of animals.
A Montessori Sensorial Exercise – Geometric Cabinet – helps children learn about different shapes.
Roman Numerals – self explanatory.