|Sensorial - Visual Discrimination of Form|
|Age||3 - 6|
|Prerequisites||pincer grasp |
Use of this material makes the child familiar with 2-dimensional geometric shapes and teaches their names. This activity prepares the child for geometry.
Introduction to the Shapes
- Take the presentation tray to a rug or table.
- Pick any shape and lift it out by the little knob with your subdominant hand.
- Hold the shape exposing the back side and run index and middle fingers counter-clockwise.
- Allow child to trace the shape.
- Place the inset in an adjacent square.
- Do the same with the other two shapes.
- Do a three period lesson on the names of the shapes.
- To replace the shapes, first trace one of the frames with your dominant hand in a counter-clockwise direction.
- Find the shape that matches and put back in place.
- Later, do other lessons with three shapes at a time.
Mixing and Replacing
- Take one of the drawers to a mat or table.
- Remove one of the shapes and trace the back as before.
- Place the shape below the drawer.
- Do the same with the other shapes in the drawer. Place them in mixed-up order.
- Trace the first frame as in the introductory lesson.
- Look for the shape that fits the frame.
- Trace the back of the shape.
- Place the shape in the frame.
- Replace the other shapes in the same way.
- Later, select two drawers and mix the shapes from both. Replace as was done with one drawer.
- Later, do the same with three drawers, then four. Eventually, the child may mix all six drawers together.
Points of Interest
Control of Error
Variations and Extensions
- Have the child look for objects from the environment that are examples of each shape.
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Advanced Triangle Labels
- Basic Montessori: Learning Activities for Under-fives by David Gettman, pages 84-88
- Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Pre-School Years by Elizabeth G. Hainstock, pages 63, 65, 108-109