The eccentric and unconventional world of the Montessori Method incorporates a myriad of unique concepts, exciting materials, and insightful activities that promote holistic development in children.
The quintessential component in a Montessori Environment is the beautifully designed and captivating Montessori Materials.
In the year 1907, Dr. Maria Montessori developed a systematic pedagogical tool that took every need and requirement of the Sensitive Periods and the Absorbent Mind into account.
The stimulation of visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, tactile, kinaesthetic, vestibular, and proprioception is facilitated with the use of concrete sensorial materials present in the Montessori classroom.
One such intriguing and exciting Montessori sensorial Material is the Montessori Knobbed and even Knobless cylinders that facilitate visual stimulation as well as tactile stimulation in children.
If you are a parent, educator, or an immediate caregiver who wants to incorporate Montessori Knobbed Cylinders into the child’s environment but do not know where to begin, no need to sweat!
Here is everything you should know about Montessori Knobbed Cylinders to efficiently facilitate activities at home.
What are Montessori Knobbed Cylinders?
Montessori Knobbed Cylinders are a part of the Montessori Sensorial Materials that are specifically designed to promote children to distinguish between dimensions and shapes in their immediate environment.
Ideally, Montessori Knobbed Cylinders stimulate and enhance the child’s visual and tactile senses.
Knobbed Cylinders are among the first Montessori Materials introduced to the child and one of the first visual stimulation lessons in a Montessori Classroom.
Montessori Knobbed Cylinders incorporate 10 wooden cylinders of different dimensions with ‘Knobs’ or projections that a child can hold for easy manipulation of the material.
Each Knobbed Cylinder is placed into its corresponding hole to help children distinguish and discriminate between different dimensions.
What do the Montessori Knobbed Cylinders incorporate?
Montessori Knobbed Cylinders integrate 10 wooden solid cylinders divided into four different types based on their dimensions.
Montessori Knobbed Cylinders also come along with solid wooden rectangular boxes with holes or indents with the same dimensions as their corresponding cylinders.
The varied dimensions of each Knobbed cylinder allow children to become acquainted with different dimensions, develop preliminary skills, comprehend mathematical concepts, and develop an understanding of complex concepts of weight and size.
There are four variations of Montessori Knobbed Cylinders that promote children to learn complex concepts and develop preliminary skills with the help of built-in control of error.
Each Knobbed Cylinder in this Montessori sensorial material differs in the following way:
Block one differs in terms of both height and diameter, meaning the tallest knobbed cylinder will be the thickest in terms of its diameter.
The block two variations differ in terms of the diameters of each hole
Like block one, the third block also varies in terms of height and diameter but, here the tallest cylinder will be the thinnest in terms of diameter.
Lastly, the fourth block varies in terms of just the height of the cylinders.
What is the purpose of Montessori Knobbed Cylinders?
Montessori Knobbed Cylinders are introduced to children when they turn three years of age.
The primary purpose of introducing this amazing Montessori Sensorial Material is to teach children how to visually discriminate between different sizes or dimensions.
The capability to discriminate between different sizes and dimensions strengthens when the child is promoted to engage in their tactile sense.
An indirect aim of the Montessori Knobbed Cylinders is to prepare the child for writing by developing their fine motor skills by teaching them how to use a three-finger pincer grip that is used to hold a pencil.
Montessori Knobbed Cylinders also prepare your child for future complex or arbitrary mathematical concepts.
Lastly, this captivating Montessori Sensorial Material allows children to develop appropriate mathematical vocabulary, introducing words such as ‘height’ or ‘diameter’.
What are the benefits of Montessori Knobbed Cylinders?
Montessori Knobbed Cylinders are among the quintessential Montessori Sensorial Materials that are introduced to the child during the preliminary stages.
Specifically and meticulously designed by Dr. Maria Montessori, The Knobbed Cylinders are among the first concrete and sensorial materials introduced to the child.
Like any other Montessori Material, the Knobbed Cylinders integrate a myriad of benefits and accommodate all the age-appropriate needs and requirements of the absorbent mind.
Here is a list of benefits your child will enjoy when introduced to the Montessori Knobbed Cylinders:
1. Sensorial Stimulation:
Montessori Knobbed Cylinders are a common Montessori Material that promotes sensory stimulation and sensory development in children.
This Montessori sensorial material provides children with the opportunity to engage their visual and tactile senses to discriminate or distinguish between varying dimensions of the cylinders.
2. Development of Fine Motor Skills:
Montessori Knobbed Cylinders as the name suggests fashion handles or knobs the child is promoted to hold to maneuver the material.
Fine Motor skills refer to the ability to make deliberate and precise movements with small muscles situated in the hands, wrists, and fingers while coordinating eye movements.
These Movements are important for activities like academic work, self-care, hygiene, and grooming.
Children are encouraged to hold the knobs with the three-finger pincer grip that helps refine their fine motor skills.
3. Control of Error:
Like any other Montessori material, the Montessori Knobbed cylinders also incorporate a built-in control of error.
Control of error in Montessori Materials allows children to independently identify and rectify their mistakes without adult interference.
Montessori Knobbed Cylinders promote children to identify their mistakes and learn on their own by independently placing the cylinders into their corresponding holes.
If the cylinder is placed into the wrong hole in the wooden block, the child will move on and try to insert the cylinder into the right hole.
4. Introduction to mathematics:
Finally, the Montessori Knobbed Cylinder Material and Montessori Knobbed Cylinder activities are an introduction to mathematical concepts as well as mathematical vocabulary.
Not only does this amazing and unique Montessori Material promote children to make sense of their surrounding environment but it also allows them to understand the concept of dimensions.
One can consider Montessori Knobbed Cylinders to be preliminary materials for the child’s pre-mathematics and pre-writing skills.
Montessori Knobbed Cylinders promote children to learn about varying heights as well as diameters.
How to present Montessori Knobbed Cylinders to the child:
The presentation of Montessori Knobbed Cylinders is simple to use and quite self-explanatory to introduce to your child.
However, this wonderful material should be introduced in a correct sequence moving from simple to difficult, to promote optimum development.
Here are simple steps to follow in order to efficiently introduce the Montessori Knobbed Cylinders to your child:
- The adult will invite the child to participate in the Montessori Knobbed Cylinders activity
- The adult will guide the child to hold the Montessori Knobbed Cylinders material at waist high length
- The adult will instruct the child to identify the Knobbed Cylinders Montessori Material from the sensorial area and bring it to the workstation
- Starting with the largest Montessori Knobbed Cylinder, the adult will demonstrate how to grip the knobs with the three-finger pincer grip using the thumb, pointer finger, and middle finger
- The adult will continue to remove each cylinder from the block and place them in front of the block
- Once all the cylinders are successfully removed from the block the adult will encourage the child to observe the varying dimensions of the cylinders
- The adult will then pick up the first cylinder that was removed from the block
- The adult will trace around the base of the cylinder with the pointer and middle fingers
- The adult will also use the same fingers to trace around the corresponding hole in the block
- Once the correct hole has been identified the adult will place the cylinder into its designated place.
- The adult will repeat the demonstration for the rest of the cylinder blocks
- Once all the cylinders have been placed the adult will then instruct the child to perform the activity
- Lastly, the child will be instructed to place material in its designated area
Why should you introduce the Montessori Knobbed Cylinders to your child?
Montessori Knobbed Cylinders are among the first Montessori Materials introduced to the child and one of the first visual stimulation lessons in a Montessori Classroom.
This exciting Montessori Sensorial Material teaches children how to visually discriminate between different sizes or dimensions.
Not only does this amazing Montessori Material acquaints the child with complex Mathematics concepts of height, diameter, and dimensions, but it also promotes the development of fine motor skills as it allows the child to hold the material with a pincer grip.
Lastly, Montessori Knobbed Cylinders are a great way of preparing the child for future mathematics concepts involving sizes and dimensions and can be considered as preliminary materials for the child’s pre-mathematics and pre-writing skills.