Cylinder Blocks: The cylinder blocks are a favorite of Montessori classrooms. They're made of wood, and there are ten pieces, and the children absolutely love to work with them. Let's find out why.
Materials: A rectangular block of wood, with ten cylinders. There are four cylinder blocks in the collection.
Aim: Visual discrimination of dimension.
Results: Preparation for writing, development of concentration, and confidence.
Observations: Watch as she discovers her own mistakes, and then corrects them. This method is referred to as 'control of error', and is a fundamental principle of Montessori. Instead of a teacher letting the child know they accomplished a task, identifying whether it was done 'right or wrong', the material itself offers positive feedback. In turn, the child gains confidence in their own abilities.