Montessori Pink Tower Lesson Presentation
10 pink wooden cubes varying in size from one cubic cm. To one cubic decimeter.
To develop the child’s visual perception of dimension.
To develop the child’s co-ordination of movement.
To provide controlled experiences of seriation particularly working with the cube which is important in Maths.
To give the child basic language important in Maths.
To strengthen the child’s hands for writing.
CONTROL OF ERROR:
The tower will topple.
The child may see the irregular pattern when he walks around the tower.
2 ½ years approx.
Individual exercise done on a floor mat.
Place a floor mat on the working space.
Show the child how to carry each cube to the mat by supporting the bottom of the cube with the left hand held just below the block and with the right hand held stretched over each cube.
The will give the child a muscular impression of size.
The cubes are randomly placed on the mat. Show the child how to build the cube starting with the largest cube first.
Each cube is placed centrally on the previous cube. When the tower is built, ask the child to walk around the tower with you looking at the tower from all sides.
The child builds the tower
Once the child can build the tower as in presentation 1
show the child how to build a tower which has two flat walls all the way up. Show the child how the smallest pink cube fits around every ledge of the tower.
The child builds a tower in this way.
Should the child struggle with this exercise he can do:
The 4 or 5 smallest cubes
The 5 largest cubes
5 successive cubes from the middle
Use every other cube.
The Montessori Directress hides one of the cubes and the child says which one is missing.