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Montessori: Number Work
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2013
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This book is a good concept. However, it needs a little re-working. The sandpaper numbers are not coarse enough for a true tactile experience. Presentation of the book can be confusing to the student. Once opened, the numeric symbol does not match the number of items that are visible to the child. For example, one half of the page says "This is two." and shows the symbol 2, but the other half of the page shows 3 cars and says "Can you count the cars?" One must turn the page to view the numeric symbol that matches the preceding page. The artwork is colorful. But to make authentic Montessori use of this book, one would surely need to disassemble the book and use the pages as number cards. However, I notice that even non-Montessori readers have made note of this design flaw.

The return period passed before I made time to fully examine the book. Otherwise, I would have returned it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2012
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The numbers and the images should be on the same page so that the child can make the connection between the number and the images. Logical if you ask me. Disappointing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
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So many great things about this book. It is well constructed. Tabs allow for easy page turning. Illustrations are cute. But the layout is a complete flop. The first page (left) is an introduction. Page 2 (on Right) reads "How many owls do you see? Let's count." It has an owl pictured. Then you have to turn the page to see the number 1. It reads "This is one." and has a one pictured. On the reverse page it has 2 pigs and reads "How many pigs do you see? Let's count."
If the pages began on the Left so that the number symbol would correspond to the number of objects then it would make sense and be a good learning tool.
A final complaint is the "number rod" pages on the last pages. If you count the rods left to right, then 1 is equal to 10 units. If they had left a little space between the rods the confusion this causes would have been eliminated.
I was so happy with the Letter Work book and so disappointed by this one. My guess is that the authors intended for the numbers to match the objects, but the publisher wanted to save some money so they did it to conserve a page. Hopefully, they will republish and have numbers correspond to the objects.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2014
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I was really excited to get this book and once we received it I immediately showed it to my 3 year old son. The colors are great and pictures are cute but there is a significant design error which seems VERY detrimental for young learners. As other reviewers have noted, the book has a poor layout.... for instance, the numerical number 2 is on the page next to the page with three cars... so when you are looking at the number 2 you can't help but notice the three items next to it. And so on... Also, the segment on the number rod chart is reversed! VERY confusing! Love the montessori method but this book is not a good representation of the montessori way!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
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This is a good quality book with cute illustrations. However, as other reviewers said, the number does not appear on the same page as the pictures which can be confusing for some kids. I decided to purchase anyway because one reviewer said her numbers were on the same page as the corresponding picture, but the one I received is like all the others. Other than that, it is a nice book. I try to make it a game with my daughter. We count the pictures on one side, then flip the page with great anticipation of what the number looks like on the back side. My goal is to keep her attention on the number before going on to the next set of pictures that corresponds to the next number. She seems to like it, but I will likely use a different number book to teach her numbers/counting, and use this one more for handwriting preparation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2014
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My son really likes this series of books. We have the alphabet and shapes books too. This one has a little bit of an odd format, with each number being a different divider tab (an extension of the thick board page). He's 10 months old and loves to turn pages in a book, so this works well for him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2014
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Montessori made a big blunder on this book. The numbers are not on the same page as the items you count!!! For example: the sandpaper 2 is on the same page as the picture of 3 cars. Big mistake Montessori. Very disappointed
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2014
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My son loves this and the letter work book! He likes counting and tracing the numbers. Since we got this he wants to do it every night!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2013
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This book is great for homeschoolers and low-ratio classrooms. It provides a very necessary sensory experience, along with visual and audial material that correlates well with Montessori system.
One thing I would change is sequence of pages.
On page 2, the book shows clusters of items grouped in 2. It prompts s child to count to 2. Then, the reader is supposed to flip the page to see the actual number on the revert side. And... The sandpaper number is located right by the page with clusters of objects grouped in 3. So an association between number 2 and clusters of 3 is made!!!
I had to cover up pages so my son would not confuse the number-quantity correlation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2014
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My 3 year old will go to this book before sandpaper numbers/letters. This book is set up so the child needs to count the object first and then turn the page to see if he/she counted the correct number of that object by seeing the numeral. It can be a bit distracting for a 3 year old to turn the page and look at the page on the right versus the page on the left. If I can, I will glue a white piece of paper inbetween the pages so the younger child can stay focused on the correct page.
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