Sensory Exploration and Development

The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.  ~Maria Montessori

Young children learn through their senses. A Primary classroom contains carefully designed materials to let children explore and put names to a variety of sensations: size, color, shape, texture, scent, sound, and more. Children take pleasure in games of organization: sorting or ordering, counting beads, etc. Other activities provide physical, tangible introductions to the mechanics of language (parts of speech, etc.) or to concepts of number (the decimal system and basic mathematical operations). In contrast to classrooms where learning’s derived from texts and lectures, a Montessori classroom features materials specifically designed to make abstract concepts real.