Young children are continually using their senses to explore their environment. The beautifully designed sensorial materials in a Montessori classroom help support and reinforce this exploration. Learning often occurs through the senses and each lesson will help children focus on one defining quality such as color, weight, shape, texture, size, or smell. Through careful observation and manipulation, a child will discover the intricate details that enable each piece of material to be unique. Each lesson will help the child to develop a sense of order, refine their perception, and broaden their experiences in the environment.
The Sensorial materials allow the child the time and space they need to more fully understand how the world works and to awaken new sensorial experiences that were previously unexplored. The nature of these objects also provides students of varying ages and abilities continual opportunities to challenge themselves. Exposure to these hands-on manipulatives and exercises sets up the child to more easily grasp the abstract and advanced concepts they’ll encounter later on in their education.