The Geometric Cabinet is a material in Montessori education used to help children learn about different shapes and their properties. It is typically used with children between the ages of three and six years old.
- The Geometric Cabinet helps children develop their visual and tactile discrimination skills.
- It also helps them understand concepts of geometry, including shape recognition, shape relationships, and the properties of shapes.
- By allowing children to work with the material independently, it promotes self-directed learning and exploration.
- Geometric Cabinet (including drawers with various geometric shapes and corresponding frames)
- Demonstration tray (a tray with a few shapes and frames for presentation)
- Child-sized table or mat for floor work
Instructions for use:
- Demonstration Tray exercise:
- Use the Demonstration Tray to present a few shapes to the child, showing them how to remove the shapes from the frames and trace their edges.
- Then, remove the shapes from the frames and mix them up on a table. Ask the child to match the shapes to their corresponding frames.
- Introduce the names of the shapes using the three-period lesson.
- Matching exercise:
- Repeat the Demonstration Tray exercise, but without the frames.
- Mix up the shapes on the table and ask the child to match them to their corresponding frames.
- Additional exercise:
- Present new shapes from different drawers in the Geometric Cabinet to the child, using the same procedure as in the Demonstration Tray exercise.
- Introduce the names of the new shapes using the three-period lesson.
Points to note:
- When presenting the shapes to the child, use a gentle, deliberate motion and encourage the child to touch and explore the shapes themselves.
- Use the three-period lesson to introduce the names of the shapes, allowing the child to first see, touch, and manipulate the shapes before learning their names.
- Encourage the child to work with the material independently and explore it in their own way.
- Take care to properly store the material after use and keep it organized so the child can easily access it later.
Overall, the Geometric Cabinet is a valuable Montessori material that can help children develop a deep and lasting understanding of geometry while also building important cognitive and motor skills.