Montessori and the Senses

I don’t know how many times I’ve typed the word “excited” over the past month, but this challenge has just been so wonderful for getting in the mindset for bringing Montessori back into our home after a bit of a summer break.

Today, I have convinced Nicole Kavanaugh from the Kavanaugh Report to take a moment from snuggling her gorgeous new baby and craft a challenge for #30daystoMontessori on exploring the senses, Montessori-style!

Montessori and the Senses: Simple Ideas to Isolate the Senses as Part of the #30daystoMontessori Challenge.

Day 18: Isolate the Senses

Hi! I’m Nicole from The Kavanaugh Report! I’m so happy to be participating in the #30daystoMontessori project with Study At Home Mama! Over the last couple years, I’ve fallen in love with Montessori and amazing things it can do for children.

In particular, Montessori emphasizes breaking down learning into the smallest steps that build on one another to become a more complete understanding. While this makes sense for more academic topics, Montessori goes further than this. The same principle is used to develop the senses — breaking down each sense so that the whole child is more fully developed.

In today’s world, I think, that children’s senses are often so completely overwhelmed and bombarded with information from screens and battery operated toys that they are never really given the opportunity to grow each sense on its own. Or to experience the joy that comes from really using a particular sense to help understand the world around them.

Montessori Sensorial Shelves #30daystoMontessori

Montessori changes this and gives children the space and opportunity, through a variety of sensorial works to isolate and develop each sense.

And this isn’t hard for you to do with your children.

I wanted to share with you one easy way to introduce Montessori sensorial work into your children’s lives — DIY smelling jars. These jars are an easy and fun way to isolate your child’s sense of smell. The goal is to have matching scents in jars. The children then smell each bottle and try to find the matches.

Scent Bottles
To do this, I started with 4 glass jars with lids, 4 Pom-poms, and two scents — vinegar and almond extract.

Scent Bottles - Montessori Self-Correction

To make, I just dipped two Pom-poms into each scent and placed one into a jar.  Then, I marked the bottom of one jar of each scent with a red dot, and one with a blue. I placed each of the jars in a small tray. Then my son, can match the jars by scent only. He will know that something has gone wrong if he has a pair with two red or two blue dots.

Scent Bottles

Once he masters these first jars, I will add another set to increase the challenge. Similar work can be made for sound and taste. The famed pink tower, brown stairs and knobbed cylinders isolate other senses — like visual discrimination, for example.

Scent Bottles

So, go isolate some senses! Work with sound, smell, taste, sight! And watch your child grow! For more ideas on how to use Montessori principles in your home, stop by The Kavanaugh Report, or follow me on FacebookInstagram or Pinterest!  

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