What is it?
Used by nearly 20,000 schools around the world, the sensory material developed by Maria Montessori allows the child to distinguish, specify and generalize, from the concrete to the concept and from the concept to the abstract. It is scientific equipment that meets the child’s natural development needs by respecting the following sensitive stages:
- order: the child classifies, orders, sorts, formulates reasoning;
- language: the child names the concepts;
- movement: the child refines the use of his hands;
- sensory refinement: the child achieves a greater refinement with certain materials.
- social development: the child builds an identity and seeks to adapt to others to integrate into a group
- sensitivity to small objects: This point is not yet fully understood. It could be useful for refining the sight and examining its limits.
During these sensitive stages, the child assimilates this or that skill. If the child is helped at this moment, the learning is done in depth.
One of the essential points of Montessori pedagogy is to encourage autonomy and initiative in children, from an early age, firstly to facilitate and motivate their learning and secondly to promote the child’s development as a person.
Maria Montessori starts from the observation that the child’s motivation to learn is natural.
Montessori at Eden School
In addition to other educational workshops, we use Montessori workshops in kindergarten classes. This tool supports the different pedagogies we already use and allows children to have another approach to learning. It is an additional way to integrate a concept.
From the start of these workshops, we noticed a change of atmosphere in the classroom: Children are more focused, more attentive, they are proud to be able to do things alone and help each other naturally during difficulties.
We quickly feel the thirst to learn from children, who ask to go further in the workshops and we are amazed by their ease of learning with this material.
Some examples of learning:
- Performing daily tasks, such as serving water, washing a table, transferring, opening padlocks .. Which develops their fine motor skills but also teaches them to find a solution in case of “problem »And thus strengthens their autonomy (if a child spills water, drops the semolina on the ground, he will find the solution himself to” repair “).
- Refining senses
- Developing fine motor skills to learn to write
- Forming different geometric shapes and naming them
- Associating a number to its quantity
- Learning the concept “pair / odd”
- Learning addition through the combination of coloured beads.
- Recognition of sounds
The teacher can observe each child, offer him workshops adapted to him, but also take the time to deepen the acquisition of a skill with a child in difficulty without affecting the advancement of the learning of others.
After a few months of using this tool, we can already see the positive impact it has on children’s development.