Maria Montessori – The Absorbent Mind
"The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge. Our apparatus for educating the senses offers the child a key to guide his explorations of the world…"
The Montessori method aims to educate the whole child. Our learning materials therefore introduce a wide range of concepts in a concrete way, which even the youngest children can understand. The learning environment is organized into the following areas:
- Practical Life – Activities that a child sees performed by adults and wants to imitate. For example: preparing food, polishing, pouring, dressing themselves, caring for the classroom using child-sized tools.
- Sensorial Manipulation – This area includes materials to refine discrimination with all five senses. For example: sorting color tablets, fabric or scents into exact pairs or sets, mystery bag to recognize objects by touch.
- Cultural Subjects – Experiences as they relate to people from other lands or cultures. For example: puzzle maps, flags, science experiments, activities of other countries.
- Language – Activities which allow children to explore language first orally and then in written form. Materials break down complex skills into small steps. For example: children gain pencil control by tracing around metal stencils. They learn sounds by finger tracing sandpaper letters. Later they learn to write their own words which are used as the first reading experience.
- Mathematics – Three dimensional activities which give clear impressions of quantity and number. For example: bead chains to show quantity, rods to understand size.