Developing the Mathematical Mind in the Montessori Environment

The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics. ~Plato
Maria Montessori believed that human intelligence is no longer based on natural intelligence but on mathematical intelligence. Humans have moved beyond the innate survival instincts of early humans and moved toward an analytical awareness of the world. Math is more than math facts and computations. It deals with shape, space, patterns, symbols and the relationships found therein. Mathematics: Birth to Age Three

Learning about patterns occurs in utero: the cycles of day and night, activity and inactivity, the patterns of the mother and the family. The developing child also hears the patterns of speech and music around him. Music is thought to enhance the development of the mathematical mind due to the fact that the neural pathways of learning music are very similar to those for mathematics and may help with the mylinization of those neural pathways. Montessori observed that humans tend to be attracted to order. After birth, consistency with [pic]routines and activities such as feeding, bedtimes, bathing and playing help the child establish an early sense of order and sequence. Babies learn to think logically and know what to expect. Deviations from the expected order can cause confusion and cause upset. This early tendency towards mathematics causes the child to observe others and to compare, contrast, and classify objects in his environment. Consistency helps the child make sense of the world around him. Using clear, precise language also helps develop the mathematical mind. As children are beginning to order their world, we use mathematical terms such as big, small, more, some, few, many, to help them learn to quantify. Mathematics: The Preschool Years

Although preschool students have had several years working with numbers and mathematical concepts, children do not immediately begin working with the math materials in the Montessori...

...History of mathematics
A proof from Euclid's Elements, widely considered the most influential textbook of all time.[1]
The area of study known as the history of mathematics is primarily an investigation into the origin of discoveries in mathematics and, to a lesser extent, an investigation into the mathematical methods and notation of the past.
Before the modern age and the worldwide spread of knowledge, written examples of new mathematical...

...that the paper itself could be a solution to the problem mentioned. Moreover, it makes the thesis more realistic.
To sum up everything that was tackled, I could say that the thesis served to have an important purpose in the current state of Mathematics Education in the Philippines. It is very informative and feasible. Since it is a small study because it only involved 6 average students, we could propose more studies rooting from this which would have a bigger scope such as...

...HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS
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...The Mind of a Child Thief
If you get in the habit of stealing I believe it always starts out in people as they are young adults or children. It’s greatly enforced by peer pressure, or in some cases, just wanting to have everything you couldn’t. For me once I got in it, it was hard to get out and almost became a routine and a drug to steal, such as my case making me a kleptomaniac. The need to do it for my case came from the thrill and adrenaline I got from doing...

...In the Mind of a Child
By Diosa Bernadette M. Retig
As the life of some Filipinos become harder, several solutions are being tried out by the family, especially the parents, to be able to pay the electric and water bills, to put food on the table, to meet the needs of every member, to make life as comfortable as possible, and to give their children the greatest treasure that they can give—education. Some parents would have multiple jobs, apply for work...

...The evolution of mathematics might be seen as an ever-increasing series of abstractions, or alternatively an expansion of subject matter. The first abstraction, which is shared by many animals,[19] was probably that of numbers: the realization that a collection of two apples and a collection of two oranges (for example) have something in common, namely quantity of their members.Evidenced by tallies found on bone, in addition to recognizing how to count physical objects,...

...mother of Europe's languages. India was the mother of our philosophy, of much of our mathematics, of the ideals embodied in Christianity... of self-government and democracy. In many ways, Mother India is the mother of us all."
- Will Durant, American Historian 1885-1981
Mathematics is an important field of study. Mathematics is essential as it helps in developing lots of realistic skills, in fact study of mathematics itself include the...

...Mind Spr2012
RESEARCH PAPER ASSIGNMENT
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topic relevant to this quarter’s focus on individuals as social beings in the form of a review. Your paper
should draw on empirical research that adds to our understanding of a coherent and well-specified issue
or question. Your paper should incorporate research from a range of perspectives, either across levels of
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