My first official Montessori item arrived in the post last week! Very exciting! I finally got enough money (thanks mum) to buy the Pink Tower. I suppose I could have made it myself, but I’m not very good with wood and I wanted to avoid the hassle.
This material teaches children visual discrimination of dimension. It is a beautiful material that Lady P has shown great interest in: which takes me to my first lesson with her. I spoke with Lady P and emphasised how special the Pink Tower was and that she was to treat it very carefully. I said that because she is now a big girl, she gets to use this material and her baby sister doesn’t until she is bigger. Lady P liked this idea 🙂 I got her to carry each cube to the rug very carefully, and numbered each one: “This is one…this is two…etc” until they were finished. She liked the biggest one the best and replied, “Mummy this is a big, big, big one!”
Lady P can describe the differences between sizes (big, small) so I decided to focus on medium. I got 3 cubes and did the three-period lesson with her.
Lesson 1: The naming period
I presented Lady P with three cubes of contrast and isolated them on the rug. I felt each object thoroughly then let Lady P feel them too. I then told her what each one was: “This is small…this is medium…this is large (she already knows ‘big’).
Lesson 2: Recognition and Association Period
Once she heard the description of each object more than once, I challenged her to show me each cube by name: “Which one is small?…Which one is medium?…Which one is large?…” Then I asked her to put the small one on the couch, the medium one on the shelf..etc to encourage movement so that the new vocabulary she is learning will enter her long-term memory.
Lesson 3: Recall Period
Once she successfully placed the new vocabulary in her long-term memory, I then challenged her to name the cubes herself: “What’s this?…What’s this?…etc”
After I did this activity, I helped her build the tower, from biggest to smallest, vertically, then horizontally. I encouraged her to line up each corner to help with fine-motor skills. She found this quite difficult but she kept trying to do it and I only corrected it after her attempt. Overall, this was a very successful activity.
If you have any interesting activity ideas I could try with Lady P using the Pink Tower, please feel free to comment below!