Montessori Materials

In this section are photos of some of the Montessori activities that we have in the classroom under the different Montessori areas of learning. Through the learning journey diaries and feedback from your child's keyworker, you will have heard about some of these activities that your child has interacted with as their learning develops. 

This is a great video for an understanding of the different montessori areas of learning and the specific materials used. I'm sure you'll recognise the names of many we use.

Practical life

Threading large beads
Threading large beads
Pouring between two jugs
Pouring between two jugs
The dressing frames
The dressing frames
a tonging activity
a tonging activity

Practical life

Through this area of learning, the child has experiences of everyday living through activities that help to develop their fine motor skills and coordination. These activities enable a child to become independent. This area of learning is introduced by first learning to roll and unroll a mat and carry activities safely. The child then works through a range of spooning, pouring, and tonging activities, as well as dressing frames, snack preparation and care of the environment activities.

Sensorial

The Broad Stair
The Broad Stair
The Pink Tower
The Pink Tower
The yellow knobless cylinder
The yellow knobless cylinder

Sensorial

From birth, Maria Montessori believed a child learns through its senses, forming understandings of their environment through them. There are a wide range of activities that use the senses as a learning tool that are arranged into 8 categories: Visual, Tactile, Baric, Thermic, Auditory, Olfactory, Gustatory, and Stereognostic. Through their experiences a child learns to differentiate between similar and differing objects.

Language

Sound bags
Sound bags
Using the movable alphabet
Using the movable alphabet
Sandpaper letters
Sandpaper letters
Tracing a letter in sand
Tracing a letter in sand

Language

Language is vital to a child's development. From the time they enter a nursery a child is exposed to language and communication through various methods such as conversation, books, rhymes and singing. When they are ready, a child will begin to work through exercises of learning to recognise their name and learning these letters, before going onto learning the other letter sounds phonetically. They will use their sense of touch to learn letter formation before moving onto writing with a pencil. Further materials will teach them to blend sounds and construct words.

Maths

Hanging bead frame
Hanging bead frame
Seguin boards 11-19
Seguin boards 11-19
The Spindle Boxes
The Spindle Boxes
The sandpaper numbers
The sandpaper numbers

Maths

With the sensorial and practical life activities, a child has already begun to order materials. In the setting a child will be taking part in number songs and counting activities as an introduction to maths. Sandpaper numbers are used to teach number recognition, and used when associating quantities. When a child is able to recognise and place values for first numbers 0-10, they may go onto learning numbers of higher value and methods of representing them, and learning simple addition and fractions. 

Cultural dolls
Cultural dolls
Routines puzzle
Routines puzzle
The continents globe
The continents globe
Wooden leaf puzzle
Wooden leaf puzzle

Cultural

Culture

On the cultural shelves are resources that promote the learning of geography, history, science, technology and art.