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[They do] it with [their] hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of [their] intelligence. ~ Maria Montessori
In Ms. Hart’s presentation she explained the characteristics of the Montessori Materials:
•Simple to complex
•Leads from known to unknown
•Concrete to Abstract
•Control of error
In a series of blog posts this year, I will be looking at these characteristics individually and will incorporate concrete examples. Today I start with “Simple to Complex”.
To illustrate how that works, let’s look at our own Kindergarten classroom. This is my son using the Number Rods:
The number rods teach him relative amounts and prepare him for one to ten counting.
Soon, Ms Kao will introduce sandpaper numbers:
From there, the children can move on to adding using the rods:
As you can see, the number rods have gone from simple understanding of relative quantity to the more complex idea of addition – simple to complex. For a full breakdown of Montessori Math curriculum (and to see the many, many examples of the math materials moving from simple to complex), this is a good resource.
I’ve chosen math material as the example here but the language materials work in a similar way.