What is Sensorial Work

Sensorial comes from the words sense or senses. As there are no new experiences for the child to take from the Sensorial work, the child is able to concentrate on the refinement of all his senses, from visual to stereognostic. 

The Purpose of Sensorial Work

The purpose and aim of Sensorial work is for the child to acquire clear, conscious, information and to be able to then make classifications in his environment. Montessori believed that sensorial experiences began at birth. Through his senses, the child studies his environment. Through this study, the child then begins to understand his environment. The child, to Montessori, is a “sensorial explorer”.

Through work with the sensorial materials, the child is given the keys to classifying the things around him, which leads to the child making his own experiences in his environment. Through the classification, the child is also offered the first steps in organising his intelligence, which then leads to his adapting to his environment.

Sensorial – specially designed equipment refines and orders the senses, enabling later work in many areas including writing and mathematics.  Builds children’s cognitive skills, as they learn to order and classify impressions, through experience by touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing.  They are encouraged to explore the properties of their physical environment.