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| Level        = [[Primary]]
 
| Level        = [[Primary]]
 
| Age          = 2.5 - 3
 
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Also called Rough and Smooth Boards.<br>
 
The purpose of this activity is to develop the child's sense of rough and smooth, and to teach the accompanying language.  Using the touch boards also prepares the child for using the [[Touch Tablets]] and the [[Sandpaper Letters]].
 
The purpose of this activity is to develop the child's sense of rough and smooth, and to teach the accompanying language.  Using the touch boards also prepares the child for using the [[Touch Tablets]] and the [[Sandpaper Letters]].
== Materials ==
 
Three rectangular boards:
 
 
Rough and Smooth Board 1
 
One divided into two halves: the first half is polished and the second half is covered in sandpaper.
 
 
Rough and Smooth Board 2
 
One divided into ten strips: five strips are polished and five strips are covered in sandpaper as with the previous one.
 
 
Rough and Smooth Board 3
 
One divided into five strips from very rough to nearly smooth, starting with the same grade of sandpaper that is used in the previous boards (the sandpaper then in gradations of roughness).
 
  
 
== Presentations ==
 
== Presentations ==
 
=== Board 1 ===
 
=== Board 1 ===
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[[File:Touch Board 1-1.JPG|300px]]
 
# Secure the board in place using your left hand, but make sure it is not blocking the child’s sight or touching one of the rough or smooth parts
 
# Secure the board in place using your left hand, but make sure it is not blocking the child’s sight or touching one of the rough or smooth parts
 
# Gently place your right hand at the top of the rough half and gently stroke the rough half from top to bottom.
 
# Gently place your right hand at the top of the rough half and gently stroke the rough half from top to bottom.
  
 
Reminders
 
Reminders
# Remember to keep your hand relaxed.
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* Remember to keep your hand relaxed.
# Repeat in the same manner for the smooth half.
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* Repeat in the same manner for the smooth half.
# Repeat both sides.
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* Repeat both sides.
# Invite the child to touch in the same manner as you have done.  
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* Invite the child to touch in the same manner as you have done.  
# Once the child has felt the board, you feel the board in the same manner as before, this time saying “rough” when you are touching the rough part and say “smooth” when you are touching the smooth part.
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* Once the child has felt the board, you feel the board in the same manner as before, this time saying “rough” when you are touching the rough part and say “smooth” when you are touching the smooth part.
  
 
=== Board 2 ===
 
=== Board 2 ===
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[[File:Touch Board 2-1.JPG|300px]]
 
# Secure the board in place using your left hand, but make sure it is not blocking the child’s sight or touching one of the rough or smooth parts
 
# Secure the board in place using your left hand, but make sure it is not blocking the child’s sight or touching one of the rough or smooth parts
 
# Gently place your right index and middle fingers at the top of the first strip (the strip furthest to the left)
 
# Gently place your right index and middle fingers at the top of the first strip (the strip furthest to the left)
  
 
Reminders
 
Reminders
# Gently trace the strip from top to bottom.
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* Gently trace the strip from top to bottom.
# Repeat for all of the other strips.  
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* Repeat for all of the other strips.  
# Remember to keep your hand relaxed.  
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* Remember to keep your hand relaxed.  
# You can also close your eyes to feel better.
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* You can also close your eyes to feel better.
# Invite the child to feel this board.  
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* Invite the child to feel this board.  
# Then you feel the board in the same manner as before, this time saying “rough” as you pass over the rough parts and say “smooth” when you are touching the smooth parts.
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* Then you feel the board in the same manner as before, this time saying “rough” as you pass over the rough parts and say “smooth” when you are touching the smooth parts.
  
 
=== Board 3 ===
 
=== Board 3 ===
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Reminders
 
Reminders
# Gently trace the strip from top to bottom.
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* Gently trace the strip from top to bottom.
# Repeat for all of the other strips.  
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* Repeat for all of the other strips.  
# Remember to keep your hand relaxed.  
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* Remember to keep your hand relaxed.  
# You can also close your eyes to feel better.
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* You can also close your eyes to feel better.
# Invite the child to feel this board.
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* Invite the child to feel this board.
  
 
== Points of Interest ==
 
== Points of Interest ==
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Preparation for writing.
 
Preparation for writing.
  
Language
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== Language ==
 
Rough and Smooth (boards 1 and 2)
 
Rough and Smooth (boards 1 and 2)
  
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== Variations and Extensions ==
 
== Variations and Extensions ==
None
 
  
==Where to Buy==
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== Materials ==
'''Shops'''<br>
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Board 1:<br>
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One divided into two halves: the first half is polished and the second half is covered in sandpaper.<br>
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Board 2:<br>
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One divided into ten strips: five strips are polished and five strips are covered in sandpaper as with the previous one.<br>
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Board 3:<br>
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One divided into five strips from very rough to nearly smooth, starting with the same grade of sandpaper that is used in the previous boards (the sandpaper then in gradations of roughness).
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=== Where to Buy ===
 
[http://www.kidadvance.com/Store/ProductDetails.asp?ProductId=271 KidAdvance] $17.99<br>
 
[http://www.kidadvance.com/Store/ProductDetails.asp?ProductId=271 KidAdvance] $17.99<br>
 
[http://www.amazon.com/Montessori-Rough-Smooth-Boards-Box/dp/B0079F1LIO Amazon: FAC Montessori] $17.90<br>
 
[http://www.amazon.com/Montessori-Rough-Smooth-Boards-Box/dp/B0079F1LIO Amazon: FAC Montessori] $17.90<br>
 
[http://www.ecrater.com/p/12927727/montessori-sensorial-rough-smooth-boards-with eCrater: fac-distribution] $14.99<br>
 
[http://www.ecrater.com/p/12927727/montessori-sensorial-rough-smooth-boards-with eCrater: fac-distribution] $14.99<br>
 
[http://www.nienhuis.com/en/sensorial/all-products-1/rough-and-smooth-boards-set-1.html Nienhuis] € 31.50<br>
 
[http://www.nienhuis.com/en/sensorial/all-products-1/rough-and-smooth-boards-set-1.html Nienhuis] € 31.50<br>
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[https://www.thinkamajigs.com/touch-boards/ Thinkamajigs] $23.95<br>
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[https://merocomontessori.com/montessori-sensorial-materials/39-touch-boards-montessori.html Meroco Montessori] $15 (Touch Boards
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) <br>
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== Further Reading ==
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*[[Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Pre-School Years]] by Elizabeth G. Hainstock, page 55, 92

Latest revision as of 19:14, 18 July 2018

Touch Boards
Sensorial - Tactile Sense
Level Primary
Age 2.5 - 3
Prerequisites none

Also called Rough and Smooth Boards.
The purpose of this activity is to develop the child's sense of rough and smooth, and to teach the accompanying language. Using the touch boards also prepares the child for using the Touch Tablets and the Sandpaper Letters.

Presentations[edit]

Board 1[edit]

Touch Board 1-1.JPG

  1. Secure the board in place using your left hand, but make sure it is not blocking the child’s sight or touching one of the rough or smooth parts
  2. Gently place your right hand at the top of the rough half and gently stroke the rough half from top to bottom.

Reminders

  • Remember to keep your hand relaxed.
  • Repeat in the same manner for the smooth half.
  • Repeat both sides.
  • Invite the child to touch in the same manner as you have done.
  • Once the child has felt the board, you feel the board in the same manner as before, this time saying “rough” when you are touching the rough part and say “smooth” when you are touching the smooth part.

Board 2[edit]

Touch Board 2-1.JPG

  1. Secure the board in place using your left hand, but make sure it is not blocking the child’s sight or touching one of the rough or smooth parts
  2. Gently place your right index and middle fingers at the top of the first strip (the strip furthest to the left)

Reminders

  • Gently trace the strip from top to bottom.
  • Repeat for all of the other strips.
  • Remember to keep your hand relaxed.
  • You can also close your eyes to feel better.
  • Invite the child to feel this board.
  • Then you feel the board in the same manner as before, this time saying “rough” as you pass over the rough parts and say “smooth” when you are touching the smooth parts.

Board 3[edit]

  1. Secure the board in place using your left hand, but make sure it is not blocking the child’s sight or touching one of the rough or smooth parts
  2. Gently place your right index and middle fingers at the top of the first strip (the strip furthest to the left and the one closest to smooth)

Reminders

  • Gently trace the strip from top to bottom.
  • Repeat for all of the other strips.
  • Remember to keep your hand relaxed.
  • You can also close your eyes to feel better.
  • Invite the child to feel this board.

Points of Interest[edit]

Purpose To refine the tactile sense. To acquire better muscular control through lightness of touch. Preparation for writing.

Language[edit]

Rough and Smooth (boards 1 and 2)

Control of Error[edit]

The sandpaper guides the child's hand

Variations and Extensions[edit]

Materials[edit]

Board 1:
One divided into two halves: the first half is polished and the second half is covered in sandpaper.

Board 2:
One divided into ten strips: five strips are polished and five strips are covered in sandpaper as with the previous one.

Board 3:
One divided into five strips from very rough to nearly smooth, starting with the same grade of sandpaper that is used in the previous boards (the sandpaper then in gradations of roughness).

Where to Buy[edit]

KidAdvance $17.99
Amazon: FAC Montessori $17.90
eCrater: fac-distribution $14.99
Nienhuis € 31.50
Thinkamajigs $23.95
Meroco Montessori $15 (Touch Boards )

Further Reading[edit]