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The Mathematics Materials are viewed as the most glamorous, beautiful and showy of all the Montessori aids.They are supremely intelligent in spite of their simplicity. They give the children a sensorial experience of the abstraction that is mathematics. This sensorial experience allows the children to store concepts so that when the time comes to deal exclusively in abstract terms, the understanding is already there.

The Montessori Materials offer a clear example of indirect preparation, a principle that is rooted in the child's natural way of learning.

With the mathematical aids, every piece of Montessori material isolates one concept, and these isolated concepts integrate to form the basis for a further step in the development of the child's mathematical understanding.

 
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