Archives for August 2015
Rocks, Bowls and a Tea Strainer
- Direct: Strengthening fine motor muscles, coordination, concentration, sense of order, independence, confidence, awareness of sound (rocks touching brass surface), self control (transferring the rocks gently) …Plus, how to manage a tea strainer!
- Indirect: Preparation for reading (left-to-right directionality), writing (hand/finger strengthening), preparation for Math (pre-counting, quantity, observing volume, less < or more >) …Appreciation for beauty.
Heavy and Light
Maria Montessori.Melissa Briede, UMA graduate from Indiana, shares her Sensorial project of sorting jars by weight. She did a beautiful job of “isolating the stimulus”…making sure all attributes are the same, keeping the focus entirely on weight.
- Ball of clay
- Small decorative soaps
- Votive candle
- Skein of yarn
- Three wine corks
- Two mini pinecones
As a “control of error,” Melissa placed a blue dot on the bottom of the heavy jars and a red dot on the bottom of the light jars. The child could then turn the jars over and “check to be sure.”
- Development of baric sense
- Ability to make judgments
- Development of muscular coordination and control
- Development of Language – descriptive words (light and heavy) and movement from left to right, top to bottom (indirect preparation for reading/writing)