Courtesy of Tula – thank you very much!!! – who is going to add more to this as well – bless her! As soon as I started creating this page I realised photos and descriptions of the materials were going to be vital – so i am looking for some online sites for the short term and will do some photos of the materials i have as well, to try and make it all a bit clearer. But in the mean time, have a look at the main Montessori page (which has some general drawings and links to sites)and in particular Shu Chen Jenny’s page which describes them excellently.
See also Montessori Zero Lesson
“Dr Montessori designed concrete materials to represent all types of quantities, after she observed that the child who becomes interested in counting likes to touch or move the items as he enumerates them. In a Montessori environment, a child not only sees the symbol for ’1′, ’1000′ or ½, he can also hold each of the corresponding quantities in his hand.”
‘A Parent’s Guide to the Montessori Classroom’ p.39 – Aline Woolf
This is a list of some of the Practical Life and Sensorial activities that will have a great impact upon the child’s further explorations into mathematics. They are a fundamental part of the Montessori Curriculum and should not be rushed through in order to get on to either the Maths or Language material. The more experience the child has of these exercises, the easier their understanding and cognitive development.
Name of Activity
|Pegs||Order and sequence|
|Threading||Order and sequence|
|Weighing||Weight and concept of ‘equal’|
The exercises of Practical Life all encourage concentration, order, independence and self-correction. All of this will be an important basis on which the child is prepared for mathematics and problem solving.
Name of material
|Knobbed cylinders||Dimension order and shape|
|Pink Tower||Dimension, order, metric size, height|
|Broad Stair||Width, size, order, shape|
|Long Rods||Length, order, direct preparation for Number Rods|
|Knobless Cylinders||Dimension, order, height|
|Stereognostic materials||Size, 3D shape, weight, sets, order, classification|
|Geometric Cabinet||Plane shapes, concept of concrete to abstract ideas &
|Geometric Solids||Sets, shape, size, movement|
|Binomial Cube||Shape, problem solving, algebra|
|Constructive Triangles||Shape, size, angles|
|Tessellation||Area, shape, size|