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A Brief Introduction and Explanation of The Sensorial Curriculum and its Purpose in the Montessori Classroom

A Brief Introduction and Explanation of The Sensorial Curriculum and its Purpose in the Montessori Classroom

The Sensorial Curriculum is considered the second foundational pillar through which the child learns in the classroom, the first being the development of large and fine motor skills developed in the first pillar of Practical Life. The Sensorial materials were designed to develop and refine the child’s senses. The kinesthetic and vestibular senses are developed through the movement of carrying the materials within the classroom, along with the use of blindfolds, walking on tiptoe, and around and through both the rugs and materials. A great example of this is the use of the red rods placed on the floor in the shape of a maze. The child builds a square maze, removes their shoes and traverses into and out of it.   Throughout the materials in the full sequence of the Sensorial curriculum, there is a distinct purpose and method to its use to develop either a specific or combination of the child senses. The constants are exact size and dimension increasing at a constant rate, along with the foundation of base ten. The child develops their visual, tactile, olfactory, gustatory, vestibular, and auditory senses though their exploration of the materials. The refinements refer to the application of grading, matching, sorting, categorization, discrimination, and comparison. The materials are also the introduction to Geometry through the nomenclature of the geometric shapes and solids along with introduction to size, dimension and shape. Two and three-dimensional materials are utilized. The binomial and trinomial cubes are examined and may be defined later in the elementary classroom as the physical representation of (A2 + B2) and (A2 + B2 + C2). The power of...
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...