Montessori maths equipment is designed to start with the concrete and then to progress on to the abstract. This ensures that the child fully grasps the concept of quantity before moving to more abstract number work.
The equipment starts simply and is interesting, providing step-by-step learning for the child. It is also self-correcting, ensuring that the child can see for themselves any mistakes without the constant need for adult attention. This helps the child to progress with confidence, provides positive experiences and encourages pride in their work.