Materials for Touch

Smooth and Rough Boards The tactile sense is used, especially by very young children to establish contact with the world, when the child enters the Children’s Hose the tactile sense is waining, becoming less urgent so it is important to establish contact between the child and the material early on.  The fingertips are vital receptors

Thermic Tablets

Material Description: Material used to sensitise the hands Pairs of tablets made with different substances which vary by their ability to conduct heat e.g. wood, felt, cork, glass, marble, slate and iron.  All the squares are alike in size and each pair is made of the same colour Blindfold Note: Firstly, the hands are sensitised

Thermic Bottles

Material Description: Eight small receptacles, preferably thermos flasks or bottles in jackets, containing water at various temperatures: Two should be at body temperature, marked with a pink dot Two should be ten degrees Celsius warmer Two should be ten degrees Celsius cooler Two should be twenty degrees Celsius cooler Note: The bottles should be prepared

The Colour Tablets

Material Description: Box 1: A box containing six tablets made of lightweight wood, one pair of each of the primary colours, red, blue and yellow Box 2: A box containing twenty-two tablets, one of each pair of the primary colours (red, blue and yellow) the secondary colours (orange, purple and green) the tertiary colours (pink,

Tasting Bottles

Material Description: Eight little jars with droppers, with pairs of bottles containing various substances with distinct tastes; two contain saline solution, two sweetened lemon juice, two plain lemon juice and two a solution of bitter aloes.  Each set is distinguished from the other by a colour coded top.  Four small glasses and two spoons, a

Stereognostic Materials

Stereognostic Bag Material Description: A box or bag with twenty-four small prisms of two types; twelve identical cubes and twelve identical rectangular prisms.  A blindfold. Presentation: Introduction Bring the bag to the table or chowki and take out one of either prism.  Inspect it closely; it’s faces, vertices and vertices with the whole hand and

Sound Boxes

Material Description: Two boxes each containing six cylinders: one set red, one set blue.  Each cylinder has a small quantity of beads (or other materials) inside.  The typeof the material inside the boxes varies with each pair; when they are shaken a different sound is created.  The sounds must be graded from loud to very

Smelling Bottles or Boxes

Material Description: Pairs of bottles containing various substances with distinct odours, such as spices, herbs and essential oils.  There are four sets with three pairs of bottles in each, the first pair contain contrasting smells – one each from the fields of cooking (e.g. herbs and spices), medicine (e.g. tiger balm, Salon, Vics, Dettol, eucalyptus

Small Insets

Material Description: Ten square green frames each containing red squares or triangles formed by dividing a  square vertically, horizontally and diagonally.  Each shape has a central knob to hold the inset by. On the first shelf are the horizontally and vertically divided insets; The first is a ‘whole’ square The second a square vertically ‘halved’

Knobless Cylinders

This is one of the last sensorial materials to be presented since it is not specifically to discriminate dimensions but a way to discover the relationships between cylinders of the four series Material Description: Four boxes each containing a set of cylinders with the dimensions of the four cylinder blocks. Each set is a specific

Graded Geometrical Figures

Material Description: Three boxes each with three compartments; Three sets of equilateral triangles in red, blue and orange, graded with sides measuring from one to ten centimetres Three sets of squares in red, blue and orange, graded with sides measuring from one to ten centimetres Three sets of circles in red, blue and orange, graded

Notes on using Geometry materials

Geometry The experiences with Geometry are similar to other Sensorial Extensions, aiming to introduce children to different areas of the classroom.  The purpose of Geometry in the Children’s House is to allow the Absorbent Mind to gain Experiential and Sensorial exposure to each element and for this to be retained in the Mneme before the

Geometric Solids

Material Description: Different Geometric three dimensional forms including; Sphere, Ovoid, Ellipsoid (Curvilinear solid), Cone, Cylinder (Combination solid) and the Cube, Triangular Prism, Square Prism, Triangular Pyramid, Square Pyramid (Rectilinear solid). These should be displayed on an open tray on a shelf in types of solid.  The Curvilinear Forms stay still with the use of three

Geometry Cabinet and Cards

The materials introduce two-dimensional shapes, there are fourteen shapes and variations of these.  The third series of cards represents each shape as a thin line, a shape is the space inside the outline.  These materials move from the concrete shape which can be held and felt by the fingers as they run along the interior

Constructive Triangles

The materials of the Constructive Triangles help the child consolidate into her conscious understanding shape, size  (dimension) and colours and help her to realise that the triangle has the roles of a constructor, divisor and consequence.  The child first needs to be aware of shape and size and familiar with the names presented in the

Botany Cabinet and Cards

Material Description: A wooden cabinet with three drawers containing wooden frames and insets of leaf forms with a knob in the centre to hold them by and an orange stick for each drawer.  Three sets of cards for each figure: one with the complete shape filled, one with a thick outline and one with a

Algebraic Materials

Binomial Cube Material Description: Wooden cubes and rectangular prisms painted in various colours; the box contains pieces forming a cube (a+b)3and the square of the binomial is painted on it’s lid. A felt mat. Presentation: Bring the box and felt mat to two chowkis, for the first presentation the keep the box on the chowki,

The Bells and Musical Activities

Bells Material Description: Two series of bells in duplicate from Middle C to High C.  One complete set is mounted on brown stands, the other set on white stands are the tones and the sharps and flats on black stands.  They stand on a keyboard marked with back and white spaces (corresponding to the keys

Baric Tablets

Material Description: A box with three compartments, or three different boxes each containing five identical wooden tablets.  Each set of tablets is made of a different wood, with it’s own natural colour, so the tablets in it are visually distinct from the ones in other boxes, one set are light in weight, another medium and

Materials for Dimension

Cylinder Blocks Material Description: Four wooden blocks containing ten cylinders of different sizes, with knobs, each fitting into it’s respective hole. Block A: Each cylinder has the same diameter, they decrease in height successively from tall to short.  They differ in one dimension, height Block B: Each cylinder has the same height, decreasing in diameter

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