Montessori Math Vocab!

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I made this list of helpful terms when researching Montessori Math lessons for your child…

Abstraction:  sequence of materials and activities with those materials that the child engages in

Advanced Organizer: Indicates the broad goal of the activity to the learner

Associative Property:  an example is 1+9=10 and 2+8=10

Concentration: The focusing of one’s energy, especially on a particular task

Control of Error: The aspect of a material that gives a child feedback, such as a final puzzle piece that will not fit in if other pieces have not been put in correctly.

Directress: The one who is observing, guiding, and preparing the child’s environment.

Dynamic:  borrowing or carrying

Independence: To be dependent and responsible for oneself.

Indirect Aims: Goals that prepare children for future work such as the decimal system, left-to-right, top-to-bottom order (directionality), development of pincher grip, metric system

Informal Diagnostic: An observation to determine a child’s basic abilities.

Isolation of Difficulty: The design of the materials to focus the child’s attention on one concept at a time. All attributes of the lesson remain constant, except for the one that is the focus

Lesson: A prepared activity designed for a child to succeed at a task.

Manipulates:  the math materials

Materials: The items that the child will manipulate in a lesson.

Mathematical Mind:  mathematical structures or reasons for the order, sequencing, precision of mathematics

Movement: How a child transitions from unconscious to conscious absorbent mind, especially through the use of the hands.

Number:  the quantity can hold in your hand

Numerals:  written symbols

Numeration:  simply counting of one-to-one correspondence

One-to-One Correspondence: Matching, as is one object to another object

Order: Regularity of events during their usual time and items in their usual place.

Point of Interest: What makes a lesson engaging…

Quantities:  the number of

Rote:  verbally counting in sequential order to a particular order

Static:  the same

Three-Period Lesson: A technique used to establish the names or attributes of materials including naming, recognition, and pronunciation.

Touch Math:  a concept of touching the number to learn value

Variation: Varying a tool or material in a lesson while using the same amount of steps, in order to keep the lesson interesting.