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Sensorial Education

The importance of the development and refinement of all the senses cannot be overemphasized. “Correct and effective employment of the senses provides a foundation for all later learning”. Dr. Montessori quotes Aristotle:“Nothing exists in the intellect which does not first exist in the senses.”

Sensorial Education is scientifically designed to develop and refine each sense. According to Dr. Montessori “Movement, manipulation and the isolated training of each sense develops the capacity for thought”. A variety of materials with built-in control of error are introduced to develop the child’s sense of sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell. The program also develops the child’s proprioception, thermic, baric, and stereognostic sense.

The sensorial activities enable the child to sort, categorize, classify and describe sensory impressions. The use of red rods, brown stairs, knobbed cylinders, thermic tablets, pink tower, color tablets, tasting bottles, and other sensorial materials enable the child to distinguish sensory impressions in relation to length, width, circumference, temperature, size, color, taste, etc. Many sensorial activities introduced to the child are preparatory for understanding mathematics concepts.