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Montessori Sensorial Materials
The beautiful Montessori sensorial materials allow our students to develop and refine their senses and attention to detail as they compare and contrast, categorize, discern differences, and place things in order. This is a life skill that translates to many future occupations! Pictured: the pink tower, brown stair and red rods Give your child the Montessori advantage at Miniapple! #montessori #MiniappleMontessori #montessorieducation #MontessoriSchool
The botany tree puzzle provides hands-on learning of the different parts of the tree and how the tree functions, carrying nutrients up from its roots through the trunk, to the branches, and to its leaves. This Montessori material builds your child’s skills of observation and knowledge in nature. The knobs on the pieces develop the tripod grasp for writing. 🌳 #montessori #botany
Montessori Decimal System
The Montessori decimal system uses a single bead unit, a 10-bead bar, a hundred square, and a thousand cube. As students handle the materials and see and feel the differences in size and weight, they understand the concepts of quantity and learn the relationships between categories. #miniapplemontessori #montessori #montessorimaterials #math
Montessori Color Tablets
That sense of satisfaction when you have mastered the third box of Montessori color tablets! 63 tablets representing 9 colors in 7 graded shades, Box 3 refines your child’s chromatic sense to notice subtle differences. Schedule an onsite or guided virtual tour to see the beautiful materials in our Montessori classrooms.
Montessori Posting Activity
Infants and young toddlers have a developmental need to place objects inside other objects. Placing an object into a container through a small opening is called posting, and fosters hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and grasp-release. Look for containers and objects at home that will meet this developmental need: spoons in mugs, craft sticks or straws in bottles, etc.
Math in the Early Years: A Strong Predictor for Later School Success
Using specially designed materials, students start with the physical representation of mathematical concepts. The materials allow children to build on this knowledge to explore advanced math: addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, decimal system, geometry and algebraic equations. “Research shows that the development of mathematics skills early not only predicts later success in math, but also predicts later reading achievement.” Discover the Montessori advantage!
Leadership in the Montessori Classroom
During the 3 years that students are in our Children’s House, there is tremendous academic and inter-personal growth. What a confidence builder to be viewed as a leader by your peers, to inspire others to someday be the role-models! As this student reads a book to classmates, he develops academically and becomes comfortable in speaking in front of a group. Our Montessori curriculum prepares the whole child for school readiness: socially, emotionally, physically, spiritually and cognitively.
Montessori Sensorial: Sound Cylinders
Activities in the Sensorial area of our classroom help a child train one of their five senses: touch, sight, smell, taste, or hearing. The Montessor Sound Cylinders hone your child’s auditory sense. Our student shakes one red cylinder and then finds the corresponding match among the blue cylinders. The distinction in sounds is small, and your child will delight in mastering this activity. You can do this at home using opaque canisters.
Montessori Practical Life
A unique aspect of Montessori is Practical Life: the learning of life skills. Our classroom is the “Children’s House”, a prepared environment designed to develop your child's independence and sense of personal empowerment. Even our very young students take care of their own child-sized environment. Students prepare a snack when hungry, pour their milk and wash their dishes. They care for plants. They sew and knit. When something spills, they carefully clean up. They do so with joyful purpose!
10 Common Montessori Learning Materials and How They Help Your Child - Miniapple International Montessori
The specialized materials in our Montessori classroom teach your child the concrete concepts of language structure, math, geography and science on which future learning is built. The materials are progressive. Once your child has mastered a concept, we present the material in a new way to teach a novel concept that builds on the previous one. Montessori materials have stood the test of time for over 150 years and continue to be used in Montessori schools worldwide.
Practical Life: Care of Plants
“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature.” - Dr. Maria Montessori Caring for plants not only builds physical and cognitive skills for later academics, it helps our students develop responsibility, and fosters gentle nurturing and a connection to nature. Photo (c) of Miniapple International Montessori School
Practical Life: Caring for Animals
Care of the environment is part of our Practical Life curriculum, and includes caring for plants and animals. Caring for living beings teaches us responsibility and respect for life, develops our empathy and compassion for others, and helps us to understand life cycles. “Children have an anxious concern for living beings, and therefore the satisfaction of this instinct fills them with delight.” - Dr. Montessori… See More
Montessori Moveable Alphabet
The Moveable Alphabet prepares your child for writing, reading and spelling. It allows the child to write before they are physically ready to hold a pencil and make letters. Once our student is comfortable putting sounds together to form phonetic words, we introduce spelling rules one phonogram at a time (“sh” below). Our Guide (Teacher) works with the child for the first presentation, then they are free to take the material and explore, write stories, etc. Photo (c) of Miniapple Montessori
Practical Life Skills: Sewing
Once our students have mastered lacing and stringing, we introduce sewing. Sewing refines fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination, and builds concentration and self-confidence. Purposeful practical life work gives students real life experiences to become independent. “The hands are the instrument of the mind.” - Dr. Maria Montessori Photo (c) of Miniapple International Montessori School