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Montessori materials are attractively designed for children


In Montessori classrooms, children sort, stack, and manipulate all kinds of beautiful objects made from a variety of materials and textures. Many of these objects are made of smooth, polished wood. Others are made of enameled metal, wicker, and cloth. They are also available to explore elements of nature, such as seashells and bird nests.

How can a preschooler be trusted to handle small fragile items independently? Montessori teachers believe that children learn from their mistakes. If nothing breaks, children have no reason to learn to be careful. Children treasure their learning materials and enjoy learning to care for them “alone”.

Montessori teachers make a point to handle Montessori materials slowly, respectfully, and carefully, as if they were made of gold. Children naturally feel something magical about these beautiful learning objects.

As children carefully hold their learning materials with both hands and do their very “work” with them, they may feel like they are simply playing with their friends, but they are actually learning in a brilliantly designed curriculum that takes them, one step at a time, and according to a predetermined sequence, through concepts of increasing complexity.

Source: American Montessori Society

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