Fuel the Brain is for elementary grades. Math focuses on K-3 objectives. The site is very engaging, developed by an elementary teacher and a graphic designer. Under curriculum strands, you can find resources sorted by NCTM identified math strands. Content is devoted to educational games on math, language arts, science, history, music, geography, and art. Resources for teachers and parents are numerous.
Great Graphing Resources for Grades from StartLocal Australia is a collection of links to sites for learning how to graph. The suggested grade level for use is indicated; some are game-based. Get the basics on coordinates and the x-y plane, learn different types of graphs, and graphing equations. They are all math and designed with mastering math basic skills in a fun, engaging way.
Teachers will also find free worksheets and a word problem generator. The Learning Site provides online activities and tutorials related to their K-5 texts. Hooda Math by middle school math teacher Michael Edlavitch is a "free math site for teachers, parents, and kids featuring math games, math worksheets, math tutorials, and math movies. The standard is listed and paired with Web resources that address the skill or concept to be developed.
Other features include printable worksheets, reports for progress tracking, and awards. The site provides a colorful, engaging environment for mastering skills. Guests can access "20 problems per day" for free with feedback on answers to help with understanding; however, the service is subscription based.
IXL includes a diagnostic for six strands in math and also for a working math grade level. It "is the site to find fun math for kids, math games, and even a little math homework help.
Interactive math activities from across the web have been organized by topic to make math learning enjoyable and interesting. For parents and teachers, you will find math lessons and math worksheets as well as links to other math teaching resources.
For those who like a challenge, you will find free math games in the math puzzles section. Learning Games for Kids features educational games in multiple categories designed for learners in preschool and elementary grades: Students are exposed to real life environmental problems designed for them to see the connectedness and relevance of math, science, geography, language arts, and cultural experiences.
Mathematics as a Second Language includes courses in Arithmetic, Algebra, and Calculus in Everyday Life, which students and teachers can use to review or learn concepts in a self-paced mode.
Materials are available in different formats: Videos also present arithmetic as the gateway to algebra. Tutorial information is provided within content. Math by Design was designed for middle school learners and focuses on problem solving meeting geometry and measurement standards. Students may build two environments: Both are rich with interactives and online hints to help students refine and build upon their knowledge of geometry and measurement.
Extensive educator resources provide valuable assistance for teachers to seamlessly integrate Math by Design into classroom instruction" About section.
Math in Action videos are available for learners "to see how people such as architects and cake designers use geometry and measurement concepts everyday in their jobs" Educator Resources section. Math by Design was produced by Thinkport. Elementary students interactively explore the world of polygons, polyhedra, large numbers, magic squares, lissajous, and more in MicroWorlds.
Master concepts with games, crafts, art, puzzles, projects, word problems. There is information for teachers and parents. This award-winning site is by Wendy Petti. He offers several interactive puzzles and games for elementary learners to have fun. But there is learning, too, as students practice addition, subtraction, money skills, pattern matching shape, number, color , for example. Older learners also benefit, as students really need to think as they do these.
Work interactively for FREE from your home or school on Math problems organized into 86 levels and increasing of addition, subtraction, ordering, multiplication and division, dealing with numbers and fractions, decimals, percent, algebra, geometry, time, in direct as well as more analytic word problem format.
There are step-by-step explanations for answers. Start with a level suitable for you and practice your way up. Keep track of your progress. Teachers can create homework problem sets and get class scores reported in a table format. A team from the University of Waterloo Canada created this series of free self-contained lessons of 45 to 70 minutes each. Each lesson addresses a specific math concept using an online math game or technological tool and then follow-up downloadable paper-based exercises.
The combination is designed for the most part as reinforcement and practice at the end of a unit. These engaging lessons can also be used when the teacher is absent. Math Goodies from Mrs. Glosser features interactive math lessons, homework help, worksheets, puzzles, and message boards.
The site is primarily for students in grades Younger students might benefit depending on their math background and reading skills, as well as older students who need remediation. Math Goodies also has a page of interactive calculators for basic arithmetic, loan payments, solving quadratic equations, and generating a random number.
Maths for all provides interactive practice for concepts typically studied in grades , pre-algebra, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, precalculus, trigonometry, and statistics. Each classroom resource set includes a selection of interactive media, games, videos and learning tools. Math Nook , by Thomas and Jan Hall, includes free online math games that target a variety of basic skills.
Some games have varying levels of difficulty. There are also free math worksheet generators e. This material is useful for teachers, parents, and students.
Animated characters created with Flash add to the appeal of this learning site for grades The site offers interactive word problems, games, flash cards, logic puzzles with a focus on applying arithmetic operations, using geometry and algebra concepts, whole numbers, decimals, fractions. There are some virtual math manipulatives also, such as a protractor, fraction bars, equivalent fractions, percents, a spinner for probability, function machine, pattern blocks, and a geoboard.
Math Worksheet Site will allow you to create printable math worksheets, either with or without answers, from your browser. These are suitable for elementary students learning basic arithmetic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division , measurement, telling time, least common multiples, reducing fractions. Number lines and coordinate plane grids for graphing can be generated, and a block chart useful for introducing prime numbers. Lessons and extension resources are designed to help build critical thinking skills, also.
It contains math resources for students, teachers, and tips for parents for grades K-5 aligned to Michigan state standards.
However, individuals in other states will also benefit. After selecting a grade level, you will see a series of specific links to web resources to help learners master the content addressed by the standard. This site is highly recommended for the selection of activities and organization of the site. Games are included for the classroom, for play over the Internet, or for download to play on your computer. You will find over resources related to the Common Core Math Standards and can refine your search by grade level, learning domain, and alignment.
In general, search options include by education level, resource type, subject, standards, and an advanced search option to further narrow what you are looking for. Most are open educational resources. New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning: Mathematics course materials at the elementary K-8 level are posted by grade level and also include accelerated materials for grade 7 and algebra 1 at grade 8.
They are also available in Spanish. Noetic Learning Math Worksheet Creator includes free drill and practice worksheets with randomly generated problems. Teachers can set criteria for problems displayed in number sense and place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, money, and fractions. The paid membership gives access to other topics in elementary math. The format for presenting problems with the worksheet creator is horizontal, so students may need to recopy problems to paper to line up numbers appropriately for completing calculations.
Answers can be entered online and correct answers are displayed when students indicate they are done. Numbertime , brought to you by the BBC in the UK, helps preK-2 students to begin building their math skills via animations, games, songs, and movies. PBS LearningMedia includes free media resources searchable by grade level, standards, media type, and subject.
Resources include video and audio segments, interactives, images, documents, lesson plans, productivity tools for teachers, self-paced lessons,and student-oriented activities. The mathematics section features K-8 mathematics strands, and high school number and quantity, algebra, geometry, functions, statistics and probability. Math at the Core: Middle School is a featured collection of media and activities aligned to the Common Core standards.
Primary Resources UK provides free worksheets and lesson plans, activity ideas, and resources for elementary grades in multiple subjects. Many teachers have added their contributions for your use. Some include use of Flash animation for added engagement for learners.
Prodigy is a game-based resource, which is adaptive based on game-play and includes content aligned to Common Core math standards for K Reporting and assessment tools are included to help teachers differentiate instruction. Prodigy includes over math skills in number and operations, geometry, spatial skills, data relationships, probability, and beginning algebra skills. Access to all education content is free, but a membership gets the player some additional game-features.
They use problem-solving and critical thinking skills, apply math skills in an authentic situation, and practice their reading skills. Each activity takes about one class period. Choose mysteries to solve using logical reasoning, whole number operations, fractions and ratios, money and decimals, patterns and missing number equations, combinations and probability, measurement and time, and geometry and spatial relationships. Three levels of difficulty are provided.
Sheppard Software provides numerous free online interactive games and activities for K-8 math, which are designed to be fun for learners. Sections include K-2 early math, basic operations, mixed operations, time, percentages, place value, money, measuring, fractions, decimals, algebra, probability, geometry, and more. Older learners can also benefit. Math sections will help students at all levels, including adults, with basic skills: Sections contain fact sheets, quizzes with varying difficulty, and printable worksheets with answers.
These are organized by grade, subject, and topic. Explanations of many concepts are provided. Statistics in Schools from the U. Census Bureau helps to educate K students about the value and use of statistics in everyday life.
The program provides resources for teaching and learning with real life data. Common Core standards-aligned, classroom-ready activities in math and history, data visualizations and more are included.
Teach R Kids features Math for Elementary School Kids with interactive lessons on topics in number basics, sequences, patterns, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, calendar, time, rounding, and money. Online worksheets with immediate scoring and correct answers are available for pre-K students, grades 1, 2, 3 and upper elementary.
Some of the activities are timed, which allows students to see their improvement. Students can work on mastery at their own pace. The curriculum is comprehensive covering topics in. An "in-game virtual math tutor monitors progress and teaches concepts when you need it most. School volume discounts are available. TimezAttack is a "real kid-friendly" multiplication tables video game from BigBrainz. Students learn their multiplication facts for with this engaging software.
The base version is free; Pricing for the premium version is available for individuals or schools. The difference in versions is primarily the level of graphics. The goal is for students ages 6 and up to escape the monster-filled dungeon by navigating through a maze filled with doors that open when multiplication facts are correctly answered.
There are lessons, quizzes and a speaking clock that can be played with. Everything is spoken and animated. There are also quick access menus for teachers with a series of automated time teaching worksheets. Turtle Diary contains a collection of free online math games for preK-5 learners:.
Visual Fractions , by Richard Rand, is an online tutorial with instruction and interactive practice in identifying, renaming, comparing, and operating on fractions, including mixed numbers add, subtract, multiply, and divide. All examples are modeled with number lines or circles. This site helps students, primarily in grades , to picture fractions and operations on them. Visual Math Learning is a free educational web site developed by W. Bateman, who indicates that the site features "an interactive on-line tutorial for teaching elementary mathematics and basic arithmetic for grades K at the pre-algebra level.
It is an instructional aid for parents, teachers, and educators of primary, elementary, and middle school students, as well as a resource for lesson plans, homework help, and home schooling math lessons. The tutorial includes games, puzzles, interactive diagrams, and computer animated virtual manipulatives that emphasize active learning concepts by visualization.
Its easy-to-use format is suitable for students who want to improve their skills through online games, drills, and problem solving. Students can review topics through the completion of exercises or additional questions and also develop mathematical independence, judgment, and original and creative thinking.
Questions and problems will appeal to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Answers for all exercises and full solutions for challenges; extension sections are also provided. Worksheet Library has several thousand printable K-8 worksheets in PDF format for teachers, parents, and home-schooled students. While there are hundreds offered for free, there is a nominal yearly fee for access to all. Subjects addressed include mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies.
Graphic organizers and time savers are a plus. XP Math offers free arcade-like games for learners in grades , which are grouped by categories: The developer is a middle school teacher. Games are linked to specific standards within the Common Core Standards for Math. Graphics are of high quality. Teachers can also monitor student progress. Math includes seven progressive levels and addresses numeration, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, chance, patterns, algebra, data and graphs, measurement; shape, space and geometry.
ZooWhiz also works on mobile devices. Premium subscriptions are available. Educators may be using apps in their classrooms that have not been vetted by their school district, as they might wish to just try them out. Or, they might not have read the terms of service carefully to ensure strong privacy and data security to protect students. Department of Education, developed the following documents to provide guidance on this issue. In its State of EdTech Privacy Report , Common Sense reported on "a three-year examination into how student information is collected, used, and disclosed.
It evaluate[d] of the most popular applications and services used in educational technology using two broad criteria: Only 10 percent of the applications or services met [the] minimum criteria for transparency and quality in their policies," but readers are cautioned about making judgments about individual vendors and should read policies carefully p.
The report includes over questions, grouped into categories, to consider in reading about privacy and security features in vendor policies.
See other resources at https: Do you have an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, or other mobile device and need math resources? With a special adapter from Apple and your HD projection system, you can share what you see on your iPad with the entire class.
Turn your iPad into a recordable whiteboard with Educreations Interactive Whiteboard , a free app. Use it to create video tutorials simply by touching, tapping, and talking. ShowMe is a free app, which also turns the iPad into an interactive whiteboard, allowing you to record voice-over lessons and share them with others. You can easily draw with your fingers or stylus, and add images.
There is an extensive collection of lessons and "how-to" examples in multiple content areas. For math, these range from arithmetic through calculus.
Do you need help to master your iPad or other mobile learning device and integrate it into teaching and learning? This book focuses on iOS productivity apps and basic troubleshooting. It is available for download on your iPad with iBooks or on your computer with iTunes.
Mobile Learning Explorations from edWeb. Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility With the iPad by Luis Perez shows how the specific accessibility features of the iPad support one or more guidelines of Universal Design for Learning, which benefits all learners, not just those with special needs.
Each chapter includes activities designed to help readers become more comfortable with the accessibility features of their devices. Each chapter also has reviews of apps that complement the accessibility features discussed. The book provides access to over 20 video tutorials linked through QR codes. Perez also included a chapter on managing iOS devices in the classroom. Do you need help to manage a classroom set of mobile devices? If you have a classroom set of iPads, iPod Touch devices, or iPhones, Apple Configurator will help you manage their use.
With this free utility, you can "prepare new iOS devices for immediate distribution, supervise devices that need to maintain a standard configuration, and assign devices to users, [and] quickly update your devices simultaneously. Consider that learners will value apps that enable them to collaborate with others who use the app. Always read the Terms of Service before selecting an app or tool to use with learners. Any apps should be vetted and accessible by all users. Be sure to select apps that are not device specific, particularly if you have a BYOD program.
Tim Pelton and Leslee Pelton provided the following tips to help select those worthy of use for learning:. Evaluating Apps for the Classroom is a free page book from Apple Education to help educators select apps for use with the iPad.
It expands on five selection criteria: Download requires iBooks on a Mac or iOS device. The bottom line, however, is that when selecting or developing an app, educators should begin with the end in mind, that is, start with the learning goals. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology noted: When considering apps, look for how privacy and accessibility are ensured, and if the app will be effective at home as well as in school p 6. There are many tools for acquiring factual information; however, Jay McTighe and Tom March reminded educators that students also need tools to support their organization and management of information e.
For meaning making, consider technologies such as thinking tools, graphic organizers, and productivity tools e. Tools for promoting transfer might include online class portals, where students can participate in authentic settings, publish their thinking, share their creations, and receive feedback.
For example, a possible class portal topic might be real-world mathematics, which allows learners to share multimedia in its many forms on this topic. The Kaplan Educational Product Evaluation Checklist is a useful tool containing 12 categories for evaluating products.
A comprehensive evaluation rubric for assessing instructional apps. Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, 14 , Lee and Cherner developed a comprehensive Evaluation Rubric for Educational Apps see Appendix A with evaluative dimensions "tailored specifically to analyze the educational potential of instructional apps" that is linked to previously published research on this topic p. As discussed in their publication, these are grouped into three domains: Instruction, Design, and Engagement.
Some also provide tips for learning with mobile devices. Todd Cherner and Dr. Cheng-Yuan Lee began this website for evaluating apps and websites using their published rubrics for instructional apps and teacher resource apps. You can search for reviews by resource type, subject, grade level, and price. They also provide teachers instructional ideas on how to use them. Apple in Education has numerous apps for learning with links to specific education apps in the content areas in iTunes.
BridgingApps has a mission to "bridge the gap between technology and people with disabilities. For example, over 80 apps are in the math category. Math Apps and Learning Tools for Kids ; also see the section on Special Needs Apps , which includes communication, social interaction, organization, math, and motor skills apps. EdSurge Product Index is a "community driven" database of edtech products, including those related to curriculum in multiple content areas, classroom teaching needs e.
Ratings are provided by teachers. Search by type apps, console and PC games, websites , subject areas, grade level, and price free, free to try, paid.
Graphite also offers Common Core Explorer to help with locating tech resources in its database aligned to the Common Core Standards. There are multiple search options, including grade level, subject, and price including free apps. K Blueprint App Finder: Search by platform Windows, Chromebook , grade level, purpose, subject, or app name.
This is a repository of over 50, apps in multiple disciplines, searchable by education level from preK-doctoral and the workforce beyond. Educators can also sign-up for email alerts when new apps are added for their discipline. You can also find apps that educators use or recommend. A link to the app or book is provided. Teach with Your iPad is also a wiki and filled with resources divided by grade band. The following apps would help address content typically found in elementary and middle school curriculum.
Some apps could also be used at higher grade levels. See page 2 of our math resources for additional apps for mobile devices for specific subjects that are typically studied at the secondary level and above. Algebra 1, Algebra 2 learners Info: This app has solvers, tutorials, and examples for topics found in algebra 1 and algebra 2. Per its description, topics include: Some middle school learners take algebra 1 in grade 8. Algebra Tiles from Brainingcamp Platform: These algebra tiles can be used to explore 1 adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers, 2 modeling and simplifying expressions, 3 substitution, 4 adding and subtracting polynomials, 5 solving equations and systems of equations, 6 distribution, 7 adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing polynomials, 8 factoring, and 9 completing the square Product description.
Brainingcamp also has other apps for iPads. This app provides game-based practice similar to Hangman with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students choose numbers and the operation. They build fluency, learn facts from memory, use mental strategies, and properties of operations.
To win, they need to get 25 problems correct or the "chalkman" erases. It aligns with Common Core standards 1. There is also a flashcard mode. There are multiple games included, all of which use a chicken theme. Students learn to add and multiply fractions via 50 levels of play; simply fractions by finding common factors of the numerator and denominator; identify equivalent fractions; visualize and compare fractions; estimate the decimal equivalent of a fraction using a number line.
Door 24 from Curriculum Associates Platform: Grades with content for learners who are working a level behind Info: Also see Door 24 Plus , released in January , which is also free for grades Young learners get familiar with the basics of solving equations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using the pedagogical method based on discovery and experimentation. Little by little, the cards are replaced with numbers and variables, revealing the addition, division and multiplication operators the player has been learning throughout the game" Description section.
See the full selection of math apps at Dragonbox. Apps and prices are available in iTunes and include:. This app allows learners to use bars or circles to represent, compare, and perform operations add, subtract, multiply, divide on fractions whose denominators are from They can explore the relationships between fractions, percents, and decimals.
There is a drawing tool to annotate work and show understanding. A math text tool can be used to write expressions and equations. Color can be added to fraction representations. Teachers can use it on their whiteboards. Fruity Fractions by Lighthouse Learning Platform: This app, aligned to Common Core standards, addresses fractions and part-whole relationships.
The story line features pet bird Quip. Students cut fruit apart, putting parts back together to form the whole, and identify fractions along the way. Per the description, "Abstract concepts are modeled with concrete, familiar examples. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has developed Common Core editions of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 exclusively for a touchscreen mobile device.
According to HMH, the "mobile platform combines direct instruction, ongoing support, assessment, and intervention—enabling teachers to personalize instruction" HMH Fuse Overview section. Base 10 from Learning With Meaning Platform: Grades preK-2 or ages Info: This app helps learners understand how addition and subtraction works.
It can also be used on a smart board in the classroom. There are 8 skill levels and 96 Common Core based quests. Within 8 games, learners make 10, 20, 50, or and anything They can take away from 10, 20, and anything from 0 up to Worksheets and lesson ideas are also available on the Learning with Meaning website. Less common Montessori classroom policies Below, we discuss some classroom policies used less commonly in Montessori schools. We also discuss the rationale for these policies. High teacher-to-student ratio Some schools have a high teacher-to-student ratio, at least at the upper levels.
For instance, there may be 1 teacher to 25 or 30 students in middle or high school or even elementary school. Laws, coordinator of the Montessori Assurance Program in Canada, considers high teacher-to-student ratios a crucial feature of the Montessori program.
It can thus promote focus and engagement. It can also enhance learning. It makes for an active classroom with a lot of collaboration. Children try to discover things on their own, and with the help of their peers.
They ask their classmates questions. Minimal arts and crafts projects Some schools have little, if any, time allotted to arts and crafts. And, they may have no arts and crafts projects. Even in schools with no assigned arts and crafts projects, though, students normally have the option of working on art or creative projects. Also, students should spend a lot of time on practical work. Minimal unstructured activity Some schools have little, if any, unstructured time. According to Lillard , Maria Montessori believed scheduled recess should not be part of the school day.
Of course such concentration must be broken at some times, notably at the end of the school day, but Dr. Few specialist classes Some schools have few, if any, specialist classes, such as art, music, gym, or foreign languages. All or most of these classes, in these schools, will be taught by the core teacher, rather than a specialist. Also, some schools may not have a designated period for some of these classes. And in general, content should be delivered more through material and short lessons than through direct instruction for instance, by a specialist teacher.
Rather than an expert teacher providing core principles around which the child can organize his or her knowledge, the material provide those principles.
The Montessori materials embody basic principles, and they structure knowledge in each area of the curriculum. Minimal commercial materials Some schools have few, if any, commercial materials.
For instance, they may have no toys, board games, jigsaw puzzles, or other material often found in mainstream schools. The reasoning is that this material is conducive to play, not learning. Summary of classroom policies and rationales The following table lists each Montessori classroom policy, and briefly summarizes its main rationale s. Classic and supplemented schools Different schools have different interpretations of the Montessori philosophy.
And they implement it in different ways. This means there are different types of Montessori schools. Some theorists divide Montessori schools into two main groups: Classic or traditional schools stick to the original Montessori program, and rarely make changes. If you move, you can be sure that your new school will use the same pedagogy. Supplemented or progressive Montessori schools, meanwhile, have a different approach.
For instance, they might have lower teacher-to-student ratios and more specialist classes than classic schools. The main rationale for this approach is that schools must evolve to meet the needs of children. As we discover more about learning, or as the times change, does the way we teach kids have to change as well? Below, we outline some of the possible differences.
As a parent, you should ensure that any prospective school follows Montessori principles. The scale from classic to supplemented Of course, almost no school falls neatly into either of these categories. Few schools are strictly classic or supplemented. Most have both classic and supplemented classroom policies, as well as some policies that fall somewhere in the middle. And naturally, each school will have its own unique culture, character, and feel.
In truth, then, the distinction between classic and supplemented schools not to mention the above table is simplistic. Most Montessori schools are really on a scale from classic to supplemented. Where they fall on the scale will be based on how they interpret the Montessori philosophy, and how this is reflected in their classroom policies.
Moreover, the policies are themselves on a scale from classic to supplemented. For each policy, there are a wide range of ways it can be implemented, on this scale.
For instance, a school might have three-year age groupings in all its classes classic , most of its classes moderately classic , a few of its classes moderately supplemented , or none of its classes supplemented. This can give you some much-needed perspective when considering different Montessori schools.
The Montessori philosophy is unique. It also has progressive classroom policies that contrast with those of conventional schools. The Montessori classroom reflects its unusual philosophy, and provides the basis for its classroom policies. Below, we look at three features of this classroom: Further down the page, we outline some benefits of Montessori education , and provide a table looking at what types of students might be suitable for it.
Near the end, we provide tools for comparing Montessori schools in terms of their academics, tuition, and financial aid. The Montessori classroom has an unusual setup. Unlike most schools, no desk is at the front. And, the teacher is often found in some part of the room with a small group of children, discussing their work or giving a lesson. Classrooms are usually large, open spaces, with low shelves, different sizes of tables that seat one to four children, and child-sized chairs. They have different areas, divided by low shelving.
Each area has learning material for subjects such as language, music, science, math, and culture. Material is also grouped by area of interest and in order of increasing difficulty.
The Montessori classroom is often quiet, even at the lower levels. For instance, in an elementary class at Forest Hill Montessori, in Toronto, Ontario, students could be seen working calmly.
They were also well behaved, had good manners, and had a strong rapport with the teacher and each other. Most of them worked at tables, but some worked on the floor on small rugs. Some students worked alone, but many worked in groups—asking and answering questions, observing, and helping each other.
So, while the class was calm and orderly, it was also lively and dynamic. Classrooms, in most schools, are quite neat. Below, you can view a Montessori classroom in action. They do have many other learning materials, though. The norm is one of each material, with students expected to wait their turn. This is thought to promote patience and respect.
Elizabeth Hainstock, in The Essential Montessori , divides Montessori learning materials into four main groups. Keep in mind, not every school has all or even most of these materials. And, some are used only at certain levels. Some schools have other material as well. You may also find it in more supplemented Montessori schools. It divides these materials by age level and subject. You can also check out Montessori services.
They also prepare the classroom to provide structure for students and protect their freedom. Teachers guide and direct learning. While aware of all the students, they move around the class, giving lessons to individuals or small groups. They also allow students time to repeat and practice work.
And, they help plan work for students. Nor do they try to impart knowledge to students. Unnecessary help is thought to hinder growth. Helping a student with something they can do on their own leads to too much reliance on adults. When students seek help from peers, on the other hand, this can spark insight and lead to excitement. Kids really become engaged in their work when they help choose it themselves. Jasmine loves working both with her friends and by herself. She loves asking lots of questions, and trying to solve problems with a group.
They really care about the kids. They treat them as individuals, and make sure they find special learning opportunities. Nor do they grade work, except in high school and sometimes middle school. Instead, they guide and monitor the progress of students.
Teachers gauge progress by the handling of materials, accuracy of written work, ability to transfer concepts to new situations, and in other ways. Sometimes teachers have a non-teaching assistant. The role of the assistant is to observe the class and assist students who need help. Assistants are meant to support teachers and allow them to give lessons and engage students in tasks.
In the past, the teaching ratio in many classes was 1 trained Montessori teacher and perhaps 1 non-teaching assistant to 25 or more students. Due to government regulations in Canada, the teacher-to-student ratio has been lowered in Montessori preschool toddler rooms and primary school. In toddler rooms ages 0 to 3 , there must be 1 teacher for every 5 students. In primary school ages 3 to 6 , there must be 1 teacher for every 8 students. In these schools, the teacher-to-student ratio tends to be higher, such as 25 or 20 to 1, for each class.
Below, we go into the benefits of Montessori education in far more detail. In particular, we describe many, though not all, of the academic and social benefits it can have for your child.
To learn about the research behind some of these claims, read our Montessori benefits guide. Montessori education has a lot of benefits for students of different ages and learning styles. As far back as the early 20th century, the American philosopher and educator John Dewey, and his student William Heard Kilpatrick, denounced the Montessori approach.
In fact, Kilpatrick went on a crusade against it, attacking it in a popular pamphlet. Below, we look at some of criticisms of Montessori education. There are plenty of reasons to pursue a Montessori education.
And, many students are a great fit for it. But is Montessori for everyone? Below, we outline which students may be suitable for Montessori education. Just keep in mind: This table is meant to stimulate your thinking, not replace it.
Also, note that your child might display traits from both columns. To find a Montessori school near you, see our list. You can also compare schools by their academics, tuition, and financial aid. When choosing a Montessori school, cost can be a factor. Tuition Private Montessori schools tend to be reasonably priced. Pricing will vary based on several different factors. For instance, the size, location, level of schooling, and resources can affect the cost of tuition.
And of course, boarding schools will tend to be more expensive than regular day schools. In general, though, there are plenty of affordable Montessori schools in Canada. And keep in mind, if a school provides you with childcare, this may be tax deductible.
The amount that is deducted is based on the part of the day devoted to childcare, such as after school supervision. Funding Many Montessori schools, like other private schools, offer funding to families. The two main kinds of funding are needs-based and merit-based financial aid. They might offer you a bursary to help you cover tuition and possibly even room and board if your child is in a boarding school.
Some schools also offer merit-based financial aid. Based on certain criteria, such as academics or athletics, your child may be offered a scholarship that helps pay for their schooling. Scholarships are less common than bursaries. They also tend to provide less support. But every little bit helps. Not all Montessori schools are certified, but many are. And sometimes this can factor into your decision about which school is the right fit. There are many certifying or accrediting centres for Montessori programs in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere.
Below, we list of some of the main ones. Some of these centres align to some extent with a classic or supplementary approach. Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators: On the CCMA website, you can find the criteria for becoming a member school. You can also find a list of accredited CCMA member schools.
Its main headquarters are in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. AMI schools often have a classic curriculum, with three-year age groupings, large classes, and high teacher-to-student ratios. They also often have few lectures and less free-play time. She believed the Montessori method had to be modified to adapt to the culture in North America. In AMS schools, the Montessori curriculum is supplemented with resources, materials, and ideas used in more mainstream schools.
Examples include the use of specialist teachers and classes, arts and crafts projects, commercial games and puzzles, and computers. AMS only accredits schools in the United States. Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education: MACTE certifies teachers but not schools. It also provides teacher training. The International Montessori Council IMC is a global community of Montessori schools, teacher education programs, school administrators, educators, trustees, parent leaders, and friends of the Montessori movement.
As mentioned, teachers play a huge role in Montessori programs. They really impact their value. The quality of teachers can sometimes make the difference between an effective and an ineffective program.
There are many Montessori teacher training centres. Both these training centres have strict standards of evaluation. These are sanctioned by a governing body: Different training centres use different approaches to train teachers.
There are also different training courses for each level of education. Oral and written exams are required by most training centres. The standard Montessori training is a full year of graduate work for each of the main three age-levels: Some teachers take intensive, year-long graduate courses.
For instance, this is standard for AMI Montessori teachers. Of course, some teachers have less rigorous training. Due to the variance in teacher training, the quality of Montessori teachers and schools also varies widely.
This can help you decide whether a school is the right fit for your child. Elementary school teachers, in addition to regular training, should have a solid foundation in many different subjects.
There are a few such schools in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta. They usually start in kindergarten or grade 1 and continue until at least grade 6. They also must be licensed by the Ministry of Education and meet provincial requirements.
This means that they normally have two-year, instead of three-year, age groupings. It also means they tend to have smaller classes and more direct instruction than private Montessori schools. Almost all Montessori schools in Canada are private. They usually do meet them, though, and often surpass them.
The CCMA requires that these schools meet very strict criteria, related to curriculum and teaching. Accredited member schools and applicant schools are accountable to CCMA for ensuring that qualifying programmes meet the standards and criteria established by the Council.
Affordable Montessori materials can be bought or made. And many Montessori activities and lessons are adaptable. For more on this, see Elizabeth G. The School Years There is no cut-and-dry method for teaching Montessori in the home. Create an ordered environment: Have a place for everything, on a child-friendly scale. This allows for better focus and fewer distractions. Take the time to teach your child to wash tables, organize shelves, prepare meals, and assist younger children.
Tasks should be age appropriate. Young children, for example, can peel vegetables, fold their clothes, match their socks, and care for pets. Older children can sort the mail and take out the recycling. And, adolescents can make dinner, read to their younger siblings, help with computer and home repair, and manage their own bank account. Set your child up with the means to explore their interests, and let them work without interruption. Some children prefer working at the kitchen table or reading in a corner of the living room to working alone.
Children are most willing to apply themselves when they enjoy and see value in their work. And, praise should be given for effort only—not outcomes. They provide a unique learning environment tailored to children with different interests and abilities. And, this can begin as early as preschool or kindergarten.
The child-centred approach, introduced by Maria Montessori, is highly effective. Like the Waldorf and Reggio Emilia approach , it tends to produce students who are mature and well rounded. These students tend to have advanced intellectual, social, and practical skills. It also often produces students who are curious, have a love of learning, and are great critical thinkers and problem-solvers.
It should be no surprise, then, that graduates of Montessori schools have gone on to great things. Many have become world leaders in the arts, culture, business, technology, media, and other sectors. Since the middle of the 20th century, the number of schools has steadily increased worldwide. For example, Our Kids now profiles the growing number of schools in Poland szkoly Montessori , as well as przedszkola Montessori in our look at Montessori schools in Poland.
A rough estimate is that there are 20, schools in the world, 4, in the United States, and in Canada. While some of these schools are Montessori in name only, the vast majority are firmly committed to the Montessori philosophy and implementing it in the classroom. To discuss Montessori education, visit the Our Kids discussion forum. Please take this short survey about our guide to Montessori education.
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Member Oakville Independent Schools. Ottawa, Ontario 7 to 12 Coed Day school students. The Element nurtures focused, engaged and internally motivated students who strive to do their best. Conveniently located in Midtown Toronto, our Junior and Elementary campuses are a popular choice for families seeking exceptional childcare and the very best Montessori education for their children. Momentum Montessori is a multilingual school exposing kids 1.
Pine Lake Montessori School pursues teaching with a one on one method that respects and nurtures children and allows them to achieve their fullest potential. Its average class size is 20 students. Royal Cachet Montessori School is a Montessori school that offers programs from nursery to grade three in Markham.
Its average class size is five to 15 students. Stouffville, Ontario Preschool to 8 Coed Day school 90 students. Toronto French Montessori offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in North York. Its average class size is 15 students. Westside Montessori Academy, located at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver offers a true Montessori education to children aged 2.
York Montessori School in Richmond Hill offers children from 16 months to 6 years old a wholesome Montessori education. Teacher to student ratios of 1: Century Montessori Schools in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with class sizes as low as 12 students.
Ellington Montessori School offers small class sizes and individualized programs from pre-school to grade eight. We are located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station. Mississauga, Ontario Preschool to 8 Coed Day school students. Peel Montessori School offers an enriched, personalized program. Emphasis is on strong academics, and the development of personal excellence leadership skills, creativity in a supportive, family-like environment.
Brampton, Ontario Preschool to 8 Coed Day school students. The school offers both Montessori and traditional school programs from preschool to Grade 5. Vaudrin Academy offers innovative and trilingual education based on neuroscience which is unique in the world.
Aurora Montessori School offers a comprehensive, nurturing and enriched program for Toddler to Grade 8. Our enrolment of day students has an average class size of 15 to Toronto, Ontario Preschool to 8 Coed Day school 90 students. Avalon provides quality programmes from kindergarten to Grade 8 in the heart of the Beach. Conveniently located near downtown St. New facility and acreage. Blooming Lives Montessori celebrates and nurtures the sense of curiosity of each child, supports them in exploring their expanding capabilities and guides them into their thriving potentials.
Brantford, Ontario Preschool to 8 Coed Day school students. Braemar House School is a not-for-profit elementary school that proves each day that children thrive in a nurturing environment that offers personalized attention.
Kanata, Ontario 7 to 12 Coed Day school 75 students. Our school offers an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a focus on leadership, innovation, student engagement and academics. The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one - the period from birth to the age of six. Choose Central Montessori Schools. Toronto, Ontario Preschool to 12 Coed Day school students.
Situated on seven acres of rolling parkland and gardens, Country Garden Montessori Academy in Newmarket is a co-ed private day school for students in grades PS The school provides a family atmosphere and is committed the intellectual growth and emotional well-being of students. Tours are offered daily and new students are welcome to visit for a day.
Fairview Glen offers authentic Montessori education for children 18 mo. The academically driven, collaborative and supportive community, also specializes in French, Music, Visual Arts and Phys-Ed programs. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program. Caledon, Ontario Preschool to 3 Coed Day school 60 students.
Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy offers our students a supportive environment, which allows them to discover their passions, all while reaching each individuals full potential! Humberside Montessori Schools a montessori private school in Toronto. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight. Addison has provided a stimulating education for students. Liberty Prep offers programs from Toddler - Gr. Our environment combines a beautifully renovated building with well-trained and passionate teachers.
Reach out to discover what we do differently. Meadow Green Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 students. We have offered high quality programs for children ages 2. Our students graduate with a solid academic foundation, good problem solving skills, pro-social behaviour and a love of school.
Milton, Ontario Preschool to 3 Coed Day school. Montessori Country School has provided a first-class academic experience to students in an environment that is distinguished by its compassion, integrity and unwavering commitment to the individual child. For over 25 years, the Montessori Country School provides a first-class accredited curriculum for students 12 months through grade 6. The sprawling 10 acre campus offers a unique indoor and outdoor learning experience. Located in Brantford, Ontario, Montessori House of Children MHC provides excellent programs for grades Nursery to 3 and helps young children reach their learning potential with both independent and self-directed learning.
MHC also offers support for students with learning differences. MJDS inspires a lifetime love for learning in a nurturing environment that fosters respect for oneself, the community and the world, guided by the shared values of Judaism and Montessori education.
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering is a non denominational school that offers programs from Pre-school to Grade eight. We acknowledge and celebrate religious and cultural events as part of our cultural program.
Calgary, Alberta Preschool to 6 Coed Day school 80 students. The Montessori School of Calgary offers a preschool through Grade 6 program led by experienced guides and teachers who support each child with trust, respect, and proven academic success.
We pride ourselves on strong character development and supporting life long learners! Now, Swim program is now included. Toronto, Ontario 1 to 12 Girls Day school. Odyssey Montessori School is a private Montessori day school with two campuses.
The Christie and Sorauren locations provide programs for students 18 months to 6 years old. Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students. Its average class size is 18 students. Oakville, Ontario K to 8 Coed Day school students. Vaughan, Ontario Preschool to 12 Coed Day school students. Rutherford Private School creates an atmosphere of academic excellence, and develops students with a love of learning that provides sound preparation for higher education.
Its average class size is ten to 15 students. Housed in the elegant colonial mansion, Harrop House in the beautiful town of Milton, Ontario. Offering low teacher to child ratios with an emphasis on personal and social development of each child.
Milton, Ontario Preschool to 3 Coed Day school 65 students. Our highly qualified staff use the Montessori Method to provide students with the opportunity to develop intellectual and social skills and to enhance their self-esteem and self-confidence.
Students completing our 3 year program at The Maria Montessori School test extremely well. Trillium School is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Markham. Trinity Montessori School offers programs from toddler to grade six in Markham, Ontario.
Its average class size is nine students. Unionville, Ontario Preschool to 8 Coed Day school students. Unionville Montessori School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 to 22 students. Wheatley School offers programs from nursery to grade eight in St. This traditional private school in Toronto offers preschool to grade 12 with average class sizes of 15 students.
Facilities include a double gym and more. Established in , Somerset Academy is an independent, not-for-profit private school that provides education to students in Grades 1 to 8.
Somerset Academy has an average class size of 10 to 18 students.
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