“The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.”
Young children are sensorial motor learners. From an early age, children seek to sort, order and classify their experiences and impressions of the world. The Sensorial materials attract the child to explore these physical qualities of the world through his sense of touch, hearing, sight, taste, and smell. Dr. Montessori believed that classification and order are basic to future analytical thinking. Through exploration, the child refines perception and forms a basis for abstract thought. Sensorial materials isolate concepts, develop language, and are precursors to math and geometry materials. Precise language is attached to these sensorial experiences to support classification and self-expression.