What is a Sensorial Activity (http://www.infomontessori.com/sensorial/introduction.htm)
Sensorial comes from the words sense or senses. As there are no new experiences for the child to take from the Sensorial work, the child is able to concentrate on the refinement of all his senses, from visual to stereognostic.
The Purpose of Sensorial Activities (http://www.infomontessori.com/sensorial/introduction.htm)
The purpose and aim of Sensorial work is for the child to acquire clear, conscious, information and to be able to then make classifications in his environment. Montessori believed that sensorial experiences began at birth. Through his senses, the child studies his environment. Through this study, the child then begins to understand his environment. The child, to Montessori, is a “sensorial explorer”.
Through work with the sensorial materials, the child is given the keys to classifying the things around him, which leads to the child making his own experiences in his environment. Through the classification, the child is also offered the first steps in organizing his intelligence, which then leads to his adapting to his environment.
Sensorial Activities and Child Development (http://www.fmployola.com/materials.htm)
Sensorial Activities allow for individual work and repetition, and allows children to classify their sensorial impressions in an organized, orderly, and scientific manner. They have a built in control of error, which builds in the child the habit of working independently, without fear of making mistakes, becoming comfortable in the fact that errors are essential to the process of learning.
Aim of Sensorial Activities (http://montessoricommons.cc/aims-of-sensorial-activities/)
To increase awareness of the ‘essential properties’ through sensorial experience, independent of discreet objects.
To refine the senses
To consciously recognise that each...