Maria Montessori modeled her famous theory of education around her belief that children acquire a knowledge of the world through their senses. Now Montessorium has brought her hundred year old method into the iPhone age with three great apps designed to make your kids want to learn.
The apps allow the philosophy behind the Montessori method of education to meet the challenges of the contemporary world, but they are so beautifully designed your kids won’t even realise they’re learning as they play with your iPhone or iPad.
Intro to Math is for children showing an interest in maths and numbers, Intro to Letters is for children showing an interest in language and letters, and their latest iTunes offering, Alpha Writer, builds off of the famous Montessori Moveable Alphabet with gorgeous illustrations.
The Alpha Writer app is particularly addictive with its moveable alphabet designed to help children learn how to write and read with phonetics and illustrations, as well as a storyboard section that allows them to compose a story. Maybe your child will write their first novel with your iPhone?
Educators of all kinds recognise the benefits of the Montessori philosophy, which has at its core the idea of self directed learning, and these apps are a great way to expose your child to this kind of learning in an informal setting, as well as keeping them entertained. The Montessorium apps are $5.99 each at the iTunes store and compatible with the iPad as well as the iPhone and iPod Touch, with iOS 3.2 or later.