In this fun training, you will learn some important qualities that Montessori Sensorial materials must have.
As an educator, a homeschool mother and a Montessori coach, I am continually inspired by Dr. Maria Montessori’s insight into paying attention to and tending to the education of the young child’s five physical senses.
This is done through activities in her subject called Montessori Sensorial.
This is a unique and incomparable aspect of her method that I continue to be exploring and educating others on because it is so important.
No other educational method or philosophy focuses on sensorial or sensory education like The Montessori Method does.
In this training, I am going to be discussing three qualities that Montessori Sensorial materials and lessons must have.
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I really want to encourage you to take the time to watch or listen and take notes.
This will be helpful to you now and in the future.
#1 Notice the 5 Senses
Montessori identified a time in a young child’s life in which it is acutely sensitive to the notions, experiences and impressions received through their senses.
These very important open windows of opportunity is what she called the “sensitive period.”
It is the sensations obtained through the five senses…
the senses of taste, touch, sight, smell, and hearing that create and shape a child’s knowledge of his or her environmental world in a physical way that connects to other aspects, such as psychological and social.
The wonderful Montessori Sensorial materials are to be present in all Montessori environments.
And they are to be presented to children in the way that Maria Montessori saw best by studying her writings in detail.
Using the Montessori Sensorial materials in your Montessori environment, you may isolate certain aspects of the stimuli and create a sensory perception of them for the child.
It is the connections that children make as they study the content and build their own knowledge that sets this method of education apart from all others after the original presentation.
#2 Experience the 5 Senses
One of the most distinguishing characteristics of the Montessori environment is the emphasis focused on assisting the child in his or her pursuit of independence.
Freedom is a term that is often used to define or identify the ‘Montessori’ method of teaching.
It is common to hear about a child being given the freedom to choose and the fact that they may and should select anything they want within the Montessori environment.
This quotation helps to put freedom into perspective.
There is no doubt that there is freedom in Montessori settings.
Students are given complete freedom to select their own work and to roam about.
Remember that in order to be successful in gaining independence, a child should have the freedom to explore and choose his or her works and also have freedom of movement.
This allows for the child to explore and experience the five senses within the safe confines of the prepared environment.
As I always say, in Montessori, we control the environment, not the child.
#3 Categorize the 5 Senses
Dr. Maria Montessori, the mastermind behind The Montessori Philosophy of education, saw the development of a child as a whole process that is to be valued and respected.
The conventional ‘transfer’ of certain predetermined abilities and perhaps information did not apply to her schooling in any way.
I am referring to traditional schools, where the teacher is the center of attention and all knowledge comes from the adult in the room.
As an alternative, she urged Montessori Guides (the teachers) to focus on the child’s potential and interests, and to build on them.
This is done by implementing a child-centered approach.
As a result, Montessori philosophy fosters a lifelong love of learning, as well as a sense of wonder and a profound respect for the environment in which we live.
Through the Montessori prepared environment and trained Montessori Guides, children may realize their own potential, rather than through hearing about it from others.
Every child is challenged and given with chances to develop qualities such as flexibility, creativity, connections, relationship and categorization, among other things.
As they categorize through analysis, children acquire working theories, the ability to problem solve, and a sense of the world around them as a result of experimenting with a variety of learning materials and activities, which they try out for themselves.
Sensorial activities are those that target the five sense to make sense of the world around them.
This includes visual discrimination through sensorial experience in the Montessori classroom.
As they grow, the child is developing a more refined idea on how much their sense of touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste can do for their understanding of the world around them.
Set up a Sensorial area on the shelves in your Montessori classroom.
You can combine some Sensorial works with Practical Life.
Resources mentioned in training
Like I said at the beginning of the show, I have a FB group for all things Montessori that you are welcome to join.
It is called The Montessori Way Prep Room.
If you want to join a homeschool Facebook community, then join The Natural Homeschool Community!
Montessori Sensorial Bundle 1
20+ pages (PDF file) include:
- Sensorial Curriculum for the 9 Sensorial categories
- Printable Binomial Cube
- Silence Game Cards
- Matryoshka Size Sorting
- Sound Boxes Vocabulary Cards
Some Montessori Sensorial materials are:
- Red Rods
- Cylinder Blocks
- Pink Tower
- Brown Stair
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