The Areas of the Montessori Classroom
Math area has concrete materials to gain understanding of concepts of one to ten, then teens, tens, hundreds and thousands. Then materials of abstraction which are then tied to the concrete which allows for a true understanding of the nature of this thing called math!
Language development area which includes reading. Please see the separate heading “The Writing Road to Reading” for an in depth look at a reading approach that is truly astounding!
Sensorial area where sensorial materials enable the child to experience through their hands, thus through “muscle memory” record in the body the concepts of length, width, texture, temperature, color, and the volumes of math of cubic centimeters, decimeters, the geometric solids and planes, the construction of forms by use of the triangle, along with the names of triangles by side and angle! And all this they think intensely interesting as they handle with their small hands these objects and learn the language associated with each!
Practical Life area where exercises enhance the development of task organization and cognitive order through care of self, care of the environment, exercises of grace and courtesy and refinement of physical movement and coordination
The materials set forth upon the shelves are of such beauty that they call to the child, which leads a child to go back repeatedly in order to develop the skill of that particular material. The equipment is multi-sensory, sequential and self correcting, which leads to a hands on experience, which is how children best learn. Just as a pianist must practice in order to become proficient, so must the child use the different equipment in order to refine and develop the skills needed by each set of activities.