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...

School is OPEN for Monday, November 19th

Hello Rising Star families, The air quality index forecast for tomorrow will be in the red range as it was today. We will be open and will stay indoors. We will however cancel drive through for the morning and afternoon. We will check what the forecast for Tuesday is and will email everyone as soon as a decision has been made. Thank you all for understanding the decisions that are being made for the health of everyone involved. Sincerely, Rising Star Montessori...
Annual Overnight to Monte Toyon

Annual Overnight to Monte Toyon

Our annual outdoor overnight to Monte Toyon will be May 10-11, 2018. Monte Toyon is located in the setting of the redwood forest in Aptos. The camp provides 4 meals, cabins with bunks and a dorm with individual rooms. For those who want a more natural camping experience areas are available for pitching a tent. There is ping pong, basketball, a recreation hall (in case of rain), an amphitheater to try out your talents, a large grassy playing field and campfire circles for group activities, and hiking trails for the more adventuresome. This trip provides an opportunity for our families and students to come together in the great outdoors and enjoy a fun-filled two days and one night for an all-around camping...
Book Fair

Book Fair

USBORNE Books at the Rising Star School Book Fair March 5th through March 9th High Street Campus Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 8:00am to 5:30pm Thursday at 8:00am to 6:30pm (Parent/Child Night Event) Friday at 8:00am to 4:00pm Cottage Campus Wednesday at 4:00pm to 6:00pm (Parent/Child Night Event) Download a copy of the flier...
Open House

Open House

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Cottage campus Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the High Street campus 9am to 11am We invite you to come to our Open House to take a tour of either of our campuses. Parents and teachers will be taking you around to get a glimpse of what your child will experience in the course of a day. If you can not make it to the Open House, give us a call at 510-865-4536 to schedule a...