Concrete to Abstract
“A logical, developmentally appropriate progression that allows the child to come to an abstract understanding of a concept by first encountering it in a concrete form, such as learning the mathematical concept of the decimal system by working with Golden Beads grouped into units, 10s, 100s, and 1,000s.” (Source: American Montessori Society)
I love this concept. Maria Montessori wrote extensively about the Absorbent Mind. This idea was the basis of her child development theory. A child is born into the world capable and she places a great deal of value and respect onto the child’s ability to drive his learning and development. A child is born into the world already unconsciously gathering impressions from his environment. As a child approach three years of age he continues to gather from his environment but in a different way. His inner drive now is to give order to the impressions.
Us adults can help a child in the earlier stage by giving him many concrete opportunities to experience the world hands on. Using his senses he will concretely take in the world. As he moves into the latter stage, he now begins to process abstractly. So he takes these concrete experiences and turns them into more abstract ideas. His concrete work in the earlier stage literally “laid the foundation” for complex abstract ideas and thinking.
Is this stuff amazing, or what?
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