The Montessori materials designed for the Sensorial,
Math, Language curriculum areas and the respective
exercises can provide the child with the basic elements
of art awareness and mental development
towards creativity and self expression through art.
Exercises and work with Montessori materials that prepare and inspire
art projects for preschoolers and young children
cover the three curriculum area of
Sensorial, Math, Language :
cylinder blocks, pink tower, tangrams, binomial cube, broad stairs,
red rods, geometric solids, geometric cards, color tablets,
dot exercise, fraction circles, stamp exercise, bead material,
snake game, metal insets, colored pencils, etc.
Age 1-3 years Art
It is safe to say that the scientific
method of education founded by Dr.Montessori offers useful orientation for any
(homeschooling, public, private ) for young children.
A Montessori approach to art for young children can range
from art and craft projects complementary to exercises with the materials
to simply using the philosophy of education and
training of the senses developed by Maria Montessori .
"As a matter of fact we have a two-fold aim in education.
One is biological and the other is social.
The biological objective is to assist the natural development of the individual;
the social objective consists in preparing the individual for his environment,
and this also embraces professional education,
which teaches an individual how to make use of his surroundings.
The training of the senses is, in fact, of utmost importance on both counts.
The development of the senses actually precedes that of the higher intellectual faculties,
and in a child between the ages of three and six it constitutes
his formative period. We can therefore assist the development
of the senses during this very period by graduating and adapting
the stimuli to which a child is exposed...
Aesthetic and moral education are also closely connected with the training of the senses."
Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child, ch. 9, Generalizations on the Training of the Senses.
Thus variations/extensions of Montessori exercises through
art and craft projects could be a paper pink tower,
a snake art project, a paper binomial cube, fabric tangrams,
a bead ornament craft, a maize art project among others.
The Montessori materials can prepare for art,
and art lessons also can be taught the
take for instance the many geometric shapes
obtained by creating a paper cup in a folding project.
From square to rhombus, triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, trapezoid.