"There is nothing in the intelligence that was not first in the senses." – Aristotle
Naturally, children use their senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them. They do this by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, moving and hearing. At Burlington Montessori Preschool, we focus on developing these sensorial skills so that it is easy for the child to understand or learn a concept. Developing sensory skills is important as these skills help the child's comprehension and vocabulary to grow.
Sensorial materials isolate individual concepts and guide the child into the refinement of the five senses and are a direct preparation for academic learning. These materials develop a sense of order, concentration and independence. We design lessons to provide children with opportunities to actively use their senses as they explore their world through their senses. The children will experience size, shape and colour differences. They will learn the vocabulary associated with each piece of apparatus presented. The children will learn to distinguish sounds, smells, and textures that enhance the senses.
This is crucial for brain development as it helps to build nerve connections in the brain’s pathways. These activities facilitate exploration and encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. This leads to a child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks and supports cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interaction and problem-solving skills.
“Language begins as early as birth and should be nurtured through speech, song, stories and interactions with others.”
Language development is another significant part of child development. It helps in developing your child's ability to communicate and express. It supports thinking and problem-solving skills. It also supports your child’s brain development and cognitive development. A large vocabulary has proved to increase creativity as it helps people to come up with new ideas and express them freely.
The acquisition of language is essential to satisfy several needs and tendencies that children might have. The sensitive periods for sound, reading, writing and wanting to name everything are fulfilled through language activities. An enhanced vocabulary can help children give voice to their ideas. The sense of accomplishment that comes from sharing ideas efficiently can only be achieved with the help of language training. Verbal communications form the base of development for every child. The Montessori activities will help develop these skills further.