Classification (Montessori)

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In Montessori education, Classification refers to the process of sorting or grouping items according to shared characteristics.[1] Engaging in classification activities is deemed crucial for the construction of the intellect in young children. The Montessori classroom provides numerous opportunities for classification.

Montessori Quotes

  • "It is exactly in the repetition of the exercises that the education of the senses exists; not that the child shall know colors, forms or qualities, but that he refines his senses through an exercise of attention, comparison and judgment."[2]
  • "The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences."[3]

Research and Critiques

  • Pros: Classification activities in Montessori classrooms can enhance children's logical thinking, observational skills, and cognitive development.[4]
  • Cons: Some critics argue that an overemphasis on classification and sorting activities may limit the scope of creative and divergent thinking in children.[5]

Comparisons to Other Methods

While classification activities are common across various educational approaches, Montessori uniquely integrates these into daily, self-directed activities, in contrast to traditional methods where such exercises might be part of a structured lesson.[6]

See Also

Glossary of Montessori Terms

The Glossary of Montessori Terms is a collection of specific terms and vocabulary that are related to the Montessori method of education, primarily focusing on the theory and practice for children aged 3 to 6. The jargon used by Montessori educators offers a unique insight into child development as discussed by Maria Montessori. The 'Montepedia Glossary of Montessori Terms' originated from a glossary that was compiled by the late Annette Haines from the Montessori Training Centre of St. Louis, at the request of Molly O'Shaughnessy from the Montessori Centre of Minnesota. The reason behind the creation of this glossary was to supplement O'Shaughnessy's lecture at the Joint Annual Refresher Course that took place in Tampa, Florida, in February 2001.[7] The glossary has since been expanded and updated with additional 'Montessori Terms'.

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  1. Montessori, M. (1967). The Discovery of the Child. Ballantine Books.
  2. Montessori, M. (1967). The Discovery of the Child. Ballantine Books.
  3. Montessori, M. (1967). The Discovery of the Child. Ballantine Books.
  4. Lillard, A. (2017). Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius. Oxford University Press.
  5. Egan, K. (2002). Getting it wrong from the beginning: Our progressivist inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget. Yale University Press.
  6. Mooney, C. (2013). Theories of Childhood, Second Edition: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky. Redleaf Press.
  7. Haines, A. (2001). Glossary of Montessori Terms. Montessori Training Centre of St. Louis.