From Sensation to Abstraction: The Role of the Sensorial Materials in the EC Elementary Classrooms
October 10, 2014
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The Montessori learning process recognizes that refinement of the senses is essential to the development of the intellect. To develop the senses of children between the ages of three and six, Montessori students are provided with exquisite sensorial materials. For the child in the second plane, the sensorial objects are the means by which the child acquires both functional knowledge of objects in the environment and representational knowledge or materialized abstractions. The presentation will explore this crucial role, the challenges teachers face in revitalizing the sensorial area, and provide opportunities for discussion and exploration of the materials.
Crystal Dahlmeier is the former Program Director for the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education and, currently, a principal instructor and consultant to the Greater Cincinnati Program. She is an educator experienced in traditional, Montessori, multi-age and special education working in early childhood and primary aged children. She has extensive experience working with parents in conferences, workshops and parent education classes.
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