“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”
Sensorial Lessons to Expand Your Shelf
From the pink tower and graduated cylinders to the geometric solids, the sensorial area has a wide variety of works that speak to all ages of individuals in the Montessori classroom.
At this time of year, toddlers will be spending a lot of their time in the sensorial area of the classroom, practicing everything rom rolling a rug to building the pink tower. Once children have mastered the beginning and advanced lessons within the sensorial classroom, you may notice them repeating the same work over and over.
This is a wonderful occurrence in the classroom and it shows that a child is still learning something from the work, even if they already know the basic principles. Add to this exploration by offering additional lessons that relate to sensorial concepts.
The graduated cylinder steps offer a wide variety of practice for little ones. The cylinders vary in height and color gradient and are a wonderful addition to the classroom.
Sensorial lessons teach young children tough concepts in concrete ways. These weighted cylinders are a wonderful way for children to practice the concept of weight, an often overlooked concept in the sensorial area of the classroom. Plus, they have a wonderful control of error to keep your children focused on the concept of weight.
Sense of Sound Extensions
The red and blue sound cylinders are a fun lesson to practice and teach. They include a lot of focus and need for children to listen deeply to differentiate between the nuances of sound.
Offer an extension to the sound cylinders with the sound prisms. This set includes 6 pairs of beautiful hardwood triangular prisms that have matching musical tones. It's a perfect for for a pair to work on together.
The sound boxes are another wonderful work to add if you are looking to extend the offerings of sound exploration in the classroom. These boxes are knobbed, offering pincer grip practice as well.
Pincer Grip Practice
Pincer grip development stems from the use of a wide variety of works in the sensorial and practical life sections of the classroom. This work can easily be extended through this jumbo wood knob pegboard set or through the use of chunky animal puzzles.
While we are on the subject of pincer grip practice, why not add some lacing to your practical life shelves? These big beads come in different shapes that nest and are easy for little hands to grasp and lace. They can also be used with the included pattern cards for pattern recognition practice.
This week's worksheet is a geometric solid pin punching work that includes some of the most common shapes we come across in the sensorial area of the classroom.