Shapes in Montessori Sensorial curriculum

Shapes are fun, they are everywhere…. in our food, in things around the home, sometimes even on our clothes or shoes, in nature etc.

Kids love shapes- they like to name them, do art and craft projects with different shapes, read books about them, play with shaped tiles.

Why is it important to learn about shapes?

Shapes help refine the visual sense in the child: recognize signs and symbols, prepare for reading and writing letters & numbers which are nothing but a combination of shapes and patterns.

Visualizing how different shapes can be used to make a new shape can help the child build analytical and reasoning skills , which are critical 21st century skills for personal life and the workforce.

How can we help children learn shapes?

Encourage them to observe and find shapes in their environment- either at home or outdoors. Talk about the shapes, give the child its name, maybe some key points about the shape.

Provide opportunities for children to “make” the shapes using different types of materials like play dough, q-tips or ear buds, pipe cleaners, nature , paper strips etc. Multiple hands on opportunities with materials of different textures is a great sensory exploration for the children.

Provide opportunities for children to “make” the shapes using different types of materials like play dough, q-tips or ear buds, pipe cleaners, nature , paper strips etc. Multiple hands on opportunities with materials of different textures is a great sensory exploration for the children.

Encourage children to make a shape using different shapes. For example, lets make a “hexagon”. How about 2 trapezoids or 6 triangles or 3 diamonds to make a hexagon.

Include shapes in arts/craft project.

Work with shapes puzzle.

Sort household objects based on “shape” – pizza slice is a triangle, music cd is a circle, lids of kitchen containers could be different shapes etc.

Trace shapes and have children “pin prick” them out to make a “shapes book”.

Read book about shapes.

Check montessorireflections_geetha for different materials that can be used to make shapes and several other age appropriate, engaging fun ways to learn about shapes.

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Geetha Nagarajan

My name is Geetha. I was introduced to Montessori as a parent and then choose it to be my career. I have over 13 years of experience in a Montessori primary classroom. I have a Masters Degree in Plant Sciences from India and a Masters in Educational Leadership from UNT (Denton, TX) and my Montessori Early childhood certification from American Montessori Society (AMS).

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