Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hide and Seek of the Week

This week’s collections object is The Pink Tower block set! This set of ten graduated pink cubes were created by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 20th Century to illustrate to the concepts of size and dimension to young children. Montessori, founder of the Montessori method of education, emphasized the importance of hands-on, child-directed learning within a child friendly prepared environment. In addition to founding her own model of education, Montessori also developed specific materials to use in the classroom. The Pink Tower was just one of those such materials.

Put on your looking eyes and see if you can find it during your next visit! And while you are looking high and low, don’t forget to encourage curiosity by asking open-ended questions and engaging your child in the conversation. For example: Which block is the smallest? Which block is the largest? How high can you build a tower?

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