The tour guide showing Maria Montessori the children’s home just outside Rome pointed to the two year-olds. “Look how greedy those little ones are, picking up the crumbs from the floor!”
“No! Look at their fingers. Look what they are doing,” she quickly responded. “The children are using precision to pick up the pieces and turn them over in their hands.”
Montessori noted that the tendency to pursue exactness and precision is seen throughout a child’s development. The desire to feel the edges, fit the pieces together, weigh and measure things in our hands helps us learn about number, quantity and helps us order our world.
Here are some ways we use our hands at school as we develop balance, vocabulary, musical skill, mathematical awareness and so much that will help us achieve independence and joy.
From the Primary classes, the classes for children three to six years old: