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An Insight into Dr. Montessori’s Materials and the Brilliance of Their Design

An Insight into Dr. Montessori’s Materials and the Brilliance of Their Design

Dr. Montessori gave special care and thought into the design of her materials. She used the observation skills honed through her education and many degrees to design her materials to meet both the educational needs of the children and to allow for independent correction and success in the child’s pursuit of knowledge. She had each material handmade and then tried them out with her students making adjustments as her observations yielded the feedback necessary for improvement. Three main principles guided her craftsmanship; these were The Control of Error, The Direct Aim (or purpose) and the Indirect Aim of each material. Here we have given the explanations of these principles and how they apply to the Sensorial curriculum area of the classroom.   The Main Control of Error within the Sensorial materials is the use of the child’s own senses. Control of error may be in the materials, such as the geometric cabinet where each inset will only properly fit into its proper frame. In Sensorial one example of the Control of Error is through visual discrimination and the tactile senses, which is seen and felt by the child’s own observations. For example, some of the knobbed cylinders can be placed into the wrong hole but the child will notice with their sight and hands that the cylinder does not fit tightly into the hole and look to find a hole that is a better fit. A Control of Error may be seeing something out of place or seeing a necessary piece of equipment missing. The Control of Error helps lead the child toward auto-education. Sight and Tactile sense are the...
Summer Fun 2015 Creatures of the Night

Summer Fun 2015 Creatures of the Night

Come and join us for an exciting venture. We will explore the “night-time world” of animals. In the light of our day, we will see what they experience while we are sleeping! Over the eight weeks, we will explore different habitats where animals, plants and insects go about their daily life. Each week a special animal will be featured. Day and Night all Around Us: We will present the concept of Day & Night, then move on to exploring what is light and what is a shadow, then into the night. The Forest at Night: What happens when the sun goes down at night in the forest? Who comes to life and how do they see? Owls, bats and crickets will be studied. The Desert at Night: Sometimes during the day there seem to be no animals, but wait until the night and the desert is teeming with lizards, snakes, turtles, amphibians and birds! To learn more about our Summer Fun program, and download the application, click...
Summer Fun 2015 Monet’s Garden

Summer Fun 2015 Monet’s Garden

Come and join us for gardening and art! This summer we will feature botany and planting activities with an artistic flair! The children will be in for an exciting discovery of life inside a garden. We will learn about how plants live and what they need to thrive. Children will take walking field trips to our parks in Alameda. Gardens and green thumbs: Germination and sprouting seeds will be studied. While making little gardens, students will learn about the roots, stems, leaves and plants that are edible. Appreciation of flowers and their beauty will be discovered through art activities. Students will create art from a floral bouquet. Bugs (the friends of gardens): Students will learn the beauty of bugs by observing butterflies, ladybugs and beetles in their natural habitat. Come and learn about ants and bees, the workers of the garden. The Art of Gardening, Linnea in Monet’s Garden: Come and hear about the popular storybook character Linnea. Students will create a journal of garden drawings that they have seen or imagined. The students will become Jr. Monet artists. To learn more about our Summer Fun program, and download the application, click...
Summer Fun 2015 All About Me

Summer Fun 2015 All About Me

The Five Senses Come join us as we learn more about each of the five senses. During each week of summer we will present experiences with one of our senses. Through activities and creative projects, children will increase their understanding and enjoyment of seeing, touching, hearing, smelling and listening. We have many hands-on materials in our repertoire that will make this subject come alive for children at this age. Healthy Food – Healthy Body Take a journey through the digestive system and discover how the teeth, tongue, esophagus, stomach, and intestines are involved in the process of turning food into energy. We will present the basic body systems including the skeletal, muscular and digestive. Learn about health and nutrition and how eating healthy produces a healthy body with the food pyramid. Children will become involved in cooking projects and menu planning. To learn more about our Summer Fun program, and download the application, click...