Montessori is necessarily a hands-on, physical manipulatives, real-life-experience-based educational practice.
The thought of "an app for that" does seem contradictory.
However, if adults and kids want an opportunity to explore Montessori principals on a touch screen, these links are a good starting point for activities that would support the learning that takes place at school.
While some may have better physical interaction and responsiveness than others, there are many high-quality learning apps for all devices that encourage multi-sensory experiences, and self-directed and independent play.
The majority of these apps complement what happens in the classroom — except for the My Playhome series. My Playhome encourages fantasy play which is not usually incorporated into a Montessori elementary curriculum. That said, the series is great for encouraging co-play and narrative skills for kindergarteners and parents together.
The Reading Rainbow subscription, also linked below, is a great way to supplement instruction for struggling and emerging readers. Kids LOVE this app. Invest in the subscription: it's cheaper than buying three books at the store and you receive books all-year-round.
Learning Apps that Compliment Montessori Education — for Kindle and Android Devices:
- Scribblenauts Remix
- Endless Alphabet
- Motion Math Hungry Fish (This one is particularly compatible with Montessori)
- Stack the States
- Math Bingo
- Reading Rainbow
- My Playhome
- My Playhome Stores
- iLuv Drawing Animals
- Dragonbox Algebra 5+
More Information and Resources for Educational Touch Screen Device Apps:
Review of a New Math-Learning Game App, Wuzzit Trouble, Developed by a Team that Included UMCS Parents: