Well, today I worked a little bit more in the classroom and I re-organise the materials in my sensorial corner. As you know now, sensorial is a pre-academic area of the classroom that bridges Practical life with the other academic areas in the Montessori classroom (Math, Language, Cultural). Please refer to this post to get more information on the benefits of the sensorial materials. Again, to begin our new school year, I wanted to re-introduce the "old" kids to the basics as well as lay the foundations of the sensorial area with the newcomers. I removed some items which were probably too advanced for the beginning of the year. We have 2 sensorial shelves in our classroom.
Here is the 1st shelf:
And the details:
|Not a Montessori item but brilliant for sensorialwork. As you can see, the child uses cards and needs to recreate the patternthey are copying.|
|Game of colours and shapes - patterning|
|Great game to differentiate left and right, up and below.|
I forgot to take pictures of the top shelf. I have geometric jigsaws, a multi pieces cube & cylinders tray puzzle, a stackabe geometric tray puzzle and a pyramid.
Here is our second shelf: (it is placed right behing the first one)
|Bionimal cube and touch boards|
|The brown stairs|
|I got this little game for 1 Euro at a Field day! Great game as the children have to match the colour and the texture with the picture.|
|I only put out one triangular box for the beginning|
|A simple jigsaw: matching the colour to the picture|
|Our popular little bears- classify by colour and by size|
I don't know if you can see it on the left hand side of the1st shelf, but we also have our red rods in a basket. And on the left hand side of our 2nd shelf, you should be able to see our Pink Tower on a stand. Today, I placed some laminated cards I made on the shelf to be used in connection with the Tower. ANd my son had to try for himself.
|This is when sensorial and maths overlap each other. Great preparation for the decimal and number system.|
So, what do you think? What have you got on your shelves at the beginning of the year?