Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Vito is 39 months old.

We fell in love with the Montessori Sensorial Pink Tower right after we unboxed it!  I observed that Vito has a liking in blocks and patterns, so we’ve been using the Pink Tower almost everyday recently. And just when I thought that this is just an ordinary material of stacking and building a tower, I was totally wrong. This is one of the Montessori materials I should have bought early on when Mavi was just a toddler/preschooler.  I thought of exhausting the use of the Pink Tower with Vito so he will fully obtain the benefits out of this amazing material.

This is the Montessori Pink Tower.  It is one of the most well loved Montessori material and is mainly used in sensorial and visual sense activities.  I am using Basic Montessori: Learning Activities For Under-Fives when I presented this to Vito.  INFO MONTESSORI is an online Montessori album that you can also check on how to present this material to your child.

Benefits of using the Pink Tower:
• It helps the child develop visual discrimination of the differences of the cube’s three dimensional sizes.
• It helps the child’s fine motor muscular co-ordination development.
• Indirectly, this will prepare the child in later work in geometry, learning about volumes, numbers and concept of distance between the edges of the ten successively large cubes.

THE TOWER
After the presentation, the child has to build the tower.  We built the tower in two forms:  all cubes centered and the one where everything is lined up at a right angle with two sides adjacent.  You can watch how he works in this video.

Gettman also suggested to conduct a Three Lesson Period on the following vocabulary words for visual perception of size:  large, small; large, larger and small, smaller; largest, smallest; and large, larger, largest (small, smaller, smallest).

The Pink Tower Extension Activities
There are so many ways to explore the Pink Tower and its variations. It is often used with Montessori Materials Brown Stairs and other Montessori knobless cylinder blocks but for the meantime, Vito and I are just exploring the Pink Tower alone.  As you can see, we built some patterns a few days ago which Vito really enjoyed.  I downloaded these free patterns from a generous blogger, and you can get them here (www.creciendoconmontessori.com).  Checkout some of the work he has done (with my supervision).

I absolutely love that he religiously followed the pattern and checked the printable everytime he makes a move (developing attention to details!).

Another activity we did the other day was creating both the linear placement in horizontal and vertical position of the Pink Tower.  I printed the pink tower cards from The Helpful Garden.  Vito enjoyed this activity as well.  See how he looked around and is checking where to place the next pink tower card.

Look at how he handled the cube as well.  The activities improves his muscular coordination and strength.  You can watch the entire video here for the extension activities, I’m sure kids will be inspired!

The next task is to put it all up together to form the tower!

We will continue doing this in the morning for as long as he like and explore other patterns and activities.

I have a follow-up activity on this post and you can check it here (Montessori Sensorial The Brown Stairs).

You can also check out my Pink Tower Pinterest board for ideas, I have tons here!