What are Materialized Abstractions in Montessori?

One of the most beautiful aspects of Montessori is that it brings abstract concepts to life so that children can truly understand what the concepts mean.

A concept is a cognitive unit of meaning that has been named by humans. It is an idea that is formed in the mind, which is usually abstract in quality. Abstract concepts are usually difficult to understand because they cannot be referenced to a specific concrete material or object.

Montessori however, provides the children with concrete materials that convey the abstracted qualities from what has been perceived and named by humans. From these concrete materials the children can understand the abstract concepts and the characteristics of them.

Using the Red Rods as an example, the abstract concept of length is introduced to the child.

From the moment the child first touches the red rods they are... Read the Full Article

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