Matching and Sorting are Early Stages of Math Development

November 11, 2017
Studies have shown that kids who are used to comparing and contrasting do better in mathematics later on.
Children typically will begin sorting by one characteristic at a time, for example putting all the blue blocks together. They will then progress to two or more attributes, the entire round, blue blocks. On this ESL activity, the kids learned to sort the animals based on their habitat. It is easier for children to begin matching pictures after they have had experience matching concrete objects. As children begin to master their matching skills, they will try more complex math activities.
Montessori sensorial sorting work takes this inclination a step further, teaching the child to organize their world using all of their senses while also working of course on careful discrimination.
Maria Montessori’s sensorial work uses “sorting” in specific ways that work to use all of the child’s senses, one at a time, in order to refine them. The goal is to train the brain to create more organized thoughts and ways of retrieving information.
While the works given to the child are teaching them valuable skills, they don’t seem to notice what they’re learning. It is delightful work for them.
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