One of the most beautiful areas in the Montessori class has to be sensorial. Dr. Montessori designed each material as a means for the child to explore and refine his senses. Each material encourage the child to compare, categorize and make order. These ideas then carryover and the child can use these sensorial experiences to see patterns, compare leaves, describe tactile experiences, etc. The materials provide the child the means to help interpret his world.
The sensorial materials themselves are substantial and impressive and are constantly in use in our class.
I have always had sets of extension cards for the knobless cylinders, and the base matching cards for the pink tower and the broad stairs. My coteacher and I also both know a handful of extensions that we always show the children, especially ones that combine using the pink tower and the broad stair. We decided that we wanted to make a collection of cards showing more and various extensions to help inspire the children that are drawn to these materials but are beyond the initial lessons.
Extensions are a fabulous way to encourage a child to continue to work and engage in a meaningful way with the materials, and not just sensorial materials. The continued work, encouraged by the cards, helps reinforce the sensorial impressions and allows the child more opportunities to see the similarities and differences and to create order in his environment. The hope is that these cards will engage the child in this continued work and will help prompt the child’s own creative designs using the materials.
Sensorial Card Extension Notes
- We plan on rotating through the cards and not having them all out at the same time
- I am hoping it acts as a starting point and encourages MORE designs from the children.
- I did not create every possible variation, especially with the knobbed and knobless cylinders.
- We wanted our cards to match our classrooms material, that is why I made a new sets based on extensions I know and many that I found on the internet. I tried to link back to my sources for each group of photos.
- I did not include any variations with number rods – to me they are a math material and not used for building (beyond an initial comparisons with the red rods)
- I took the pictures in my basement at night, so they aren’t the best.
Pink Tower and Broad Stair Extensions (click to download PDF) 19 photos
Pink Tower and Broad Stair Sources:
- Most came from Lapappadolce – which also has a download for extensions
- There are many ideas here at Inspired Montessori
- Our Montessori Story has beautiful pictures you can download, many of the same extensions as Lapappadolce. Make sure you click on the Picasa album to see all the extensions
Red Rod Extensions (PDF) 6 photos
Red Rod Sources:
Knobbed and Knobless Cylinder Extensions (PDF) 9 photos
Knobbed and Knobless Cylinders Sources:
- Another random Pin that leads nowhere
- Our Montessori Story has a lovely knobless cylinder album, I did not include most of these because they are similar to the ones we already have at my school – but this is a fantastic resource
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