Maria Montessori designed a large number of educational materials which are central to the Montessori Method and remain relevant today. In the modern world, as fluencies like computer science and design gain more importance than they did a century ago, we may imagine new materials that complement Montessori’s original materials.
Montessori materials are intended to be:
Beautiful: Attention to beauty is a hallmark of Montessori materials. They appeal to the child’s senses through the use of color, shape, and texture.
Simple: A Montessori material teaches one concept at a time in its simplest form, therefore isolating the challenge.
Self-Teaching: A built-in “control of error” frees the child from the external judgment of either praise or criticism.
Allowing for Repetition: The materials allow children to complete a task once or many times depending on their level of interest and stamina.
Sequential: The Montessori curriculum carefully orders and sequences materials. This allows children to scaffold new skills and concepts on previous experience and pre-existing knowledge.
We are currently developing and testing modern Montessori materials in order to further the Montessori curriculum to address the needs of contemporary learning.