We all know about the five senses: hearing, touching, seeing, smelling, and tasting. But Dr. Montessori felt that there were more. They include the baric sense (sensing weight), chromic sense (sensing color), thermic (sensing temperature), and stereognostic (sense of movement).
When was the last time you wrote anything out by hand? It’s a dying art. These days, young children are more likely to learn to use iPads before they can write letters. But as many public schools do away with cursive writing altogether, and keyboards become our main method of creating the written word, it’s still important for young children to see their models -- the grownups around them -- doing something they themselves are just trying to learn: write by hand.
Primary student with sewing work.
You’ve probably seen this at home with your own children: they want to do what grown-ups do. And Dr. Montessori recognized that. Children are naturally interested in activities they see everyday.
That’s why Dr. Montessori introduced “Practical Life Exercises,” allowing children to do activities of daily life with materials sized just for them. What better way to help children experience the pride of “doing it myself?”
See for yourself!
Observation is key to understanding Montessori, and experiencing Pinewoods first hand.