Child Development and Education
Editor: Ebru Uysal
Cappadocia University Press: 55
Child Development and Education Series: 3
© Copyright, 2022, CAPPADOCIA UNIVERSITY PRESS
Certificate No: 43348
Series Editor: Müge Artar
Redactor: Duran Can Gazioğlu
İllustration: Eren Özyürek
Cover Design: Nazile Arda Çakır
Page Design: Adem Şenel
1st edition, 301 p, 16×24 cm.
Keywords: 1. Montessori, 2. child development, 3. preschool education, 4. math.
Mathematics is a completely abstract type of knowledge yet it takes a brilliant mind like Maria Montessori to effectively convey these concepts to children by making them more tangible and accessible. The simple and easy-to-understand math tools in the Montessori classroom are the results of this elegant genius. The child does not hold the prejudice that mathematics is difficult; instead, they learn it as a form of play and a pleasurable pursuit. After experiencing success in their initial steps, the child realizes that they can also achieve success in their subsequent steps.
The accuracy of math tools is determined by the error checks that can be performed by the child, which enhances their reliability and effectiveness. This feature makes math tools more appealing to both children and educators alike. The important thing in the practices of Montessori math tools a is to learn the concepts and the mechanism of mathematics. The positive experiences that a child has with mathematics during this period can shape their attitude towards the subject for life, providing them the belief that “I can succeed.” We hope that Montessori Practices of Math Tools, the third book in the series of Montessori books that we have prepared, will be a valuable resource for all preschool educators, parents, and children.
Ebru Uysal completed her undergraduate studies in the Department of Home Economics of Ankara University. She completed her master’s degree in the Department of Child Development of Ankara University with her thesis entitled “Research into the Areas of Multiple Intelligence in Children Attending Various Preschool Education Institutions”. She received a Pedagogical Formation Certificate from Hacettepe University. She worked as a child development specialist in the Foundation for the Education and Protection of Children with Intellectual Disabilities, in Gölbaşı, Ankara. Thereafter, she continued her profession as a child development specialist in the Çağlayan Special Education Institution in Istanbul, and was appointed director of the institution after the opening of the İlk Destek Special Education and Rehabilitation Center – the second branch of the same school. In the following years she worked as a preschool teacher in the United States, and first learned about Montessori Education while working at University Montessori School, and undertook Montessori teacher training at the Montessori Schools of Irvine, from where she received an internationally recognized certificate. She has worked as a preschool teacher in various colleges in Turkey, and is currently employed as a lecturer in the Department of Child Development of Cappadocia University, and as the education coordinator of Montessori Kindergarten Schools in the same university.
She has training certificates on Sensory Integration, Drama, the Orff Approach, Dyslexia, Alternative Schools Trip, Sex Education for Disabled People, Language and Speech Education for Individuals with Special Needs, Values and Behavioural Change and the Nine Types of Temperament Model.
The author’s article entitled “Research into the Areas of Multiple Intelligences in 6-year-old Children Attending Different Kinds of Preschool Education Institutions in Turkey” was published in the International Journal of Educational Reform (IJER).
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