Sensorial Materials Essay

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Essay 15: What is the purpose of the sensorial materials? Describe the essential qualities needed in a sensorial apparatus.

“The first of the child’s organs to begin functioning are his senses....instruments by which we lay hold impressions, and these, in the child’s case, have to become “incarnated”, made part of his personality.” The Absorbent Mind, Chapter 8, p. 84

A child’s journey in life begins as a physical embryo right from the time that he is in his mother's womb, increasing in size and developing his physical structures. Once he is born, leaving the comfort of his mother's womb, he must go through a phase of reconstruction or incarnation, to develop in movement, speech and other areas. However, the child
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Only at this time can he learn a skill effortlessly. It is a time of intense concentration and mental activity and is driven unconsciously by an inner force that the best way an adult can support this passion is to prepare the environment and encourage this special time of learning which is all life and enthusiasm to the child. However, "when one of these psychic passions is exhausted, another is enkindled. Childhood thus passes from conquest to conquest in a constant rhythm that constitutes its joy and happiness."(The Secret of Childhood, Chapter 7, Pg. 40)

Both the Absorbent Mind and the Sensitive Periods must be aided by the right environment because it is from the environment that the child absorbs impressions and information and consequently providing him with what to concentrate on during his sensitive period in order to reconstruct himself.

It was here that Maria Montessori’s idea of a prepared environment for the children came about. She advocates that a prepared environment needs to be a place that is prepared by a knowledgeable and sensitive adult who takes into consideration all the necessary factors that the child will use to reconstruct himself because it is everything in this environment that the child will come in contact with that would facilitate and maximize his independent learning and exploration.

According to Maria Montessori, in

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