Montessori Sensorial Development

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How Sensorial Develops The Whole Child
In Montessori, one of the most important methods that are used to assist the child in developing their senses is through various sensorial activities. This was not introduced by Dr Maria Montessori and it entails allowing the child to ‘play’ with specially designed materials that enable the child to explore different attributes of the world by using their senses (Sharmila, 2009). The senses of children are highly receptive between the ages of two and five, if the child is allowed to work with various sensorial materials, the child is able to grow and develop into their full potential. The sensorial activities assist with the holistic development of the child and by engaging with the scientifically designed
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(At Home With Montessori, n.d.) In each sensorial activity, the child is taught the appropriate language and in turn paving the way for a widened vocabulary and leading the child towards aspects of literacy. (Samui Montessori, n.d.) The foundation of the intellectual development of the child is laid throughout the sensorial exercises as it assists the child to continuously organize, make comparisons and judge the activity at hand (Montessori Mom, n.d.). The child is able to make a mental link between an abstract indication and its physical demonstration by his hand and mind acting together. (Montessori Mom, n.d.) The child is also taught logical reasoning as he is required to work in a systematic manner whereby following sequential steps in a specific order to complete the activity. In this way it enables the child to refine and expand his senses by differentiation, making observations and interpretations, life-long tendencies of precision and accuracy, being able to concentrate for a longer amount of time, understands feelings, tastes and noises as well as has a sense of order and to arrive at conclusions for himself. (Montessori Mom, n.d.). Some of the indirect benefits of sensorial work include preparation for mathematics as geometry and algebra have been brought into the sensorial activities, as well as improved hand/eye coordination and visual…show more content…
This built in control of error also allows the child to work independently and learns that mistakes are a part of the development process. The child is also able to gauge his own success without any correction from an adult and is allowed the opportunity to correct the error himself which in turn assists in developing the child’s self-esteem and confidence. The concept of control of error can be found in all activities within Montessori and is an essential part of auto education whereby the child is able to assess for themselves whether the activity has been completed successfully or not, and learn from their mistakes without the intervention of a teacher. (Marnie,
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