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Tuesday
Jul282009

Montessori 101: The Montessori method

Here is the second in the series:

Montessori-101-The-Montessori-method

Thanks again to Jocelyn Scotty for these articles!

Monday
May042009

Sensorial Exercise, Material Composition Board


Here's another presentation from our archives presented by Tracy Charlesworth-John – Port Orford, OR

Material Composition Board

The idea for the "Materials Composition Blocks" was inspired by my daughter and her friend.

We were all sitting around the table, drinking and eating. My daughter's friend says, "I know what that is," (pointing to a glass), "That's glass.”

And my daughter replied, "That's plastic," (pointing to another cup). And her friend continued, "That's ceramic.”

So I held up a lid to a mason jar, and my daughter replies, "metal.” And we continued with the different materials that we see in our everyday settings. They were both really proud of their ability to identify and feel the varying textures and weights and seemed excited to express their knowledge!

The sensorial exercise is in the style of the "rough and smooth" boards and the "material match". There are 6 pairs of wooden blocks- each pair mounted with one of the following compositions: Metal, plastic, wood, cork, rubber, glass or ceramic. (Blocks are sorted into baskets, one of each pair (6 total) per basket.

Thank you Tracy!