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Montessori programs use special materials that are uniquely designed to encourage the learning process.

We don’t rely on texts or workbooks, but instead employ a range of beautiful, hands-on tools that foster a deep sense of concentration and a curiosity about the world. Many of the materials found in Montessori classrooms seek to teach lessons especially important for young learners, like how to tie a bow or fasten buttons.

Our learning materials are made from a variety of elements, like polished wood or enameled metal, and we like to use items from the natural world in our classrooms such as sea shells and butterflies. These tools have a variety of unique textures and can be used for exploratory activities like sorting.

Our materials appeal to all the senses and encourage children to use their abilities to look, taste, touch, smell, and listen.

Girl learns shapes and textures at Montessori American School

Learning shapes and textures while blindfolded

For instance, many classrooms have sound cylinders filled with different materials — sand, rice, beans. Children are encouraged to close their eyes and sort the cylinders based on sound. Which has the softest sound? Which is the loudest? These sound cylinders, like other materials in the Montessori classroom, can be adapted to a variety of lessons. A student might explore them on his or her own, the teacher might give a lesson around these materials, or a student might work with other children to sort and classify the sounds.

If you’d like to tour our school in Bonita, CA please email us. We’re sure your child will LOVE our Montessori program! Or if you’d like, download our free eBook to learn how a Montessori classroom differs from a traditional classroom.

~Edith

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