The Red Rods
Published on 11/22/2021

Sensorial Materials in the Montessori Classroom - Part 3

This is part three of a multi part blog about sensorial Montessori curriculum. At Arbor View Montessori we use Sensorial Materials in the Montessori classroom that increases the child’s awareness and helps the child form more distinguished impressions of their surroundings. This week we present the Red Rods:

The Red Rods

The Red Rods help the child to recognize differences in size in one dimension - length. Again, the child must place the rods in the proper sequence from the smallest which is ten centimeters in length to the largest which is one meter in length. The exercise is similar to the preceding ones in that a mistake in the order is very evident to the child and can be corrected easily. It also offers the teacher the opportunity of introducing to the child the terms--short, shorter, shortest and long, longer, longest. This equipment gives the child a sensorial basis for learning to count when he or she begins mathematics.