A teacher said a word rapidly in passing, and on return saw it had been written with moveable letters. For these mites of four, once was enough, though a child of seven requires much repetition before he grasps the word correctly. All this was due to that special period of sensitivity; the mind was like soft wax, susceptible at this age to impressions which could not be taken in at a later stage, when this special malleability would have disappeared.
|Materials in the Primary Classroom|
Essential to any Montessori classroom are the carefully designed educational materials which inspire children to self-directed learning in a broad range of areas.
The entire range of materials used in the primary classroom were all designed and developed by Maria Montessori herself. They appeal to a child's desire for order and exactness in the way they are crafted and the way they are used. The materials are unique in that the child can use them again and again as the child's development and understanding require. For example, the short bead chains might be used for counting, skip counting, adding, subtracting, or multiplying, depending on the needs of the child at that particular stage in the child's development.
Montessori materials are classified into six categories:
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