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From Sensation to Abstraction: The Role of Sensorial Materials

Presenter: Crystal Dahlmeier
For: Experienced teachers of Early Childhood and Infant & Toddler, and school or TEP administrators
CPD Hours: 1.5
Available: On Demand

Individual On-demand Webinar Group On-demand Webinar


The presentation is available for a 30-day rental via Vimeo On Demand, allowing you to view the webinar at any time, as often as you would like, within your rental period.

$55/individual (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person) 
$200/group (CPD certificates for up to 20 persons)


“The development of the senses actually precedes that of the higher intellectual faculties, and in a child between the ages of three and six it constitutes his formative period.”  —Maria Montessori (Discovery of the Child).

Refinement of the senses is essential to the development of the intellect. Without this refinement, the child is unable to move from concrete experiences to abstract thought. Fortunately, Dr. Montessori developed exquisite sensorial materials to help children move toward abstraction accurately and with ease. 

This webinar will demonstrate how, in our increasingly technologically-driven culture, sensorial materials form an essential foundation for both language and math development. We will also address the challenges of keeping the sensorial curriculum fresh, and strategies for communicating the importance of sensorial education.

You will come away with an understanding of:

  • The unique qualities and characteristics of the sensorial materials, including:
    • materialized abstractions,
    • development of the mathematical mind
    • role of the teacher
  • The important role of sensitive periods and the absorbent mind in sensory development
  • Unique challenges to the sensorial curriculum presented by today’s technology culture
  • Strategies for revitalizing the Early Childhood sensorial environment

About the Presenter

Crystal Dahlmeier received her MEd in Montessori Education at Xavier University. She was lead teacher/principal at Xavier University Montessori Lab School for 17 years, where she also taught both graduate and undergraduate classes in Montessori and Early Childhood Education. Crystal received National Board Certification in early childhood and is a PITC Certified Infant/Toddler Trainer. She has served as the Teacher Section Chair for the American Montessori Society. Crystal has taught in Montessori Programs in Perth, Western Australia, England, and Seoul, S.Korea and China, and is Program Director Emerita of Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education.

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