In a Daycare or a Preschool one of the most important concepts to present to infants, toddlers and even Kidergartenians are basic colors.
The Montessori Color Tablets may look like a simple activity, but the Montessori philosophy behind them is really quite profound.
When we want to introduce new concepts to children, we point out things that make sense to us as adults. We start where we would start, as grownups, as opposed to trying to start in the beginning, getting in the minds of how children might learn.
For an example: You want to try to teach your child what “blue” is, how you do it? What is blue? How would you help your child understand the concept of color? We may want to point out an object that we often think of as “blue”. Take the sky, for instance. We might point to it and say, “The sky is blue.”
Montessori, however, takes this very idea and flips it squarely on its head. Instead of starting out with a concept like the sky, she introduces the concept blue, in its most concrete form, before pointing out any representations.
Montessori isolates the concept of blue in a concrete form, as represented by the color tablets. Instead of pointing to the sky and saying that the “sky is blue”, when it could really be light blue, or gray, or orange, or a multitude of colors, Montessori places the “sky” in the color tablets. Which is to say, she isolates one concept at a time.
Once the child develops an appreciation of that color, whether it be “red” or “yellow” or “black”, she then encourages the child to take that knowledge and apply it back to the world. Right now, the apple is red. (Keeping in mind that apples aren’t always red!)
As you explore Intro to Colors alongside your child, we thought this logic would be helpful, especially in seeing the philosophy behind the activities.
We find the Color Tablets to be one of the very best ways to see the genius of Montessori at work. Montessori could be summed up conceptually as this: the abstract always comes after the concrete.
The abstract exists in thought, It has no physical or concrete existence, but persists as an idea, quality or state. The concrete, on the other hand, exists as a material or physical form. It is real and solid, something tangible.
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