Sensorial comes from the words sense.
Hence the materials used in the Montessori Sensorial area helps the child to refine all his 5 senses, from visual to stereognostic.
The Purpose of Sensorial Work
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.
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 Exercises were designed by Maria Montessori to cover every quality that can be perceived by the senses such as size, shape, composition, texture, loudness or softness, matching, weight, temperature, etc.
What you will learn in this workshop
Materials that were created by Maria Montessori and some were based on her years of observation while working with other doctors.
These materials will help to refine the 5 senses of the child and they are classified into 8 categories
1. The Visual Sense - Helps the child to visually discriminate
differences between similar objects and
2. The Tactile Sense - Helps the child to refine his sense of touch
3. The Baric Sense - Helps the child to feel the difference of
pressure or weight of different objects
4. The Thermic sense - Helps the child to refine his sense of
5. The Stereognostic sense -Helps the child learns to feel objects and
make recognitions based on what he feels.
6. The Olfactory Sense - Helps the child to refine his sense of smell.
7. The Gustatory Sense _ Helps the child to refine his sense of taste.
8. The Auditory sense - Helps the child to refine his sense of hearing.