What are Montessori Materials?
Montessori materials are sensory-based learning tools that encourage hands-on learning, independent problem solving, and analytical thinking. They are the result of Montessori’s observations of things children enjoy and return to repeatedly. These observations supported her in creating many of the multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials you see in a modern Montessori classroom. The attractive design of materials call children to use them, and in their use, they facilitate learning in a concrete and lasting manner. Materials and activities are designed so that each new step builds upon that which a child has already mastered. This contributes to a child’s healthy emotional development regarding learning, by removing the negative experience of frequent failure. A child grows with the understanding that he or she can successful master each activity.
The Pink Tower develops visual discrimination of size in three dimensions. The Tower also indirectly prepares the child for mathematical concepts in the decimal system, geometry and volume.
Supports children’s understanding of similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.
The gold beads are used to help students understand unit quantities of tens, hundreds and thousands. They give a concrete introduction to the decimal system.