Wheaton Montessori News

Building the Mathematical Mind

Categories: Adolescent Program / For Parents / General Knowledge Fund / Spotlight on Our Teachers

From Mrs. Jonelis, Math Specialist for the Adolescent Program

I still remember one of my first Parent Discovery Nights when my oldest daughter was a new primary student. The teachers presented math lessons through the various planes and, despite my background in not only math, but math education, I was in awe over the concrete presentation of concepts that I had been taught abstractly. I had never considered dividing a circle into equal pieces, arranging them like a rectangle, and applying the concept of area of a rectangle to find the area of a circle; I had simply memorized the formula over time. These lessons and materials that allow students to discover mathematical concepts on their own – to feel the patterns and relationships – are one of the things I love most about Montessori education. This article, “Building the Mathematical Mind,” does a nice job of explaining how the work of the hands on concrete materials fosters a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.

On January 23, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., the Elementary and Primary teachers will be presenting lessons and answering your questions about how math is incorporated and taught throughout the developmental planes.  We look forward to seeing you there!




Scholastic Book Fair
Feb 20 all-day
CommuniTEA with Mrs. Carrillo
Feb 20 @ 8:15 am – 9:15 am

Join Mrs. Carrillo for Coffee and CommuniTEA as she leads a parent discussion group.


Please arrive promptly for the 8:15 a.m. meeting, so that Mrs. Carrillo can return to her classroom and your students when the discussion has concluded.