The Math Curriculum
The mathematics curriculum includes the manipulation of materials that are sequenced with concrete experiences leading to more abstract discoveries. The materials demonstrate the unity of quantity and symbol, the decimal system, place value, and the four mathematical operations. They are designed not only to teach mathematics facts, but as an aid to the development of the mathematical mind. As the child works with the materials, mathematical concepts and interesting patterns begin to emerge. The child therefore gains a deeper understanding and a satisfaction of learning by discovery, rather than by rote.
Maria Montessori recognized "that all children are endowed with the capacity to 'absorb' culture" and defended their right to intellectual pursuits. At The Children’s House of Nantucket we work to provide such opportunities in throughout the preschool curriculum.