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Montessori Sensorial: Rough and Smooth Touch Tablets

Rough Smooth Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

The Rough and Smooth Touch Tablets Lesson: Presentation I

Rough Smooth Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

  • Prepare the box ahead of time with only the roughest and smoothest pairs
  • “Would you like to see how to use the rough and smooth touch tablets?”
  • “Let’s wash our hands first.”
  • Go the Sensorial Area, identify box, and carry it to the table.

Rough Smooth Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

  • Place box in front of you
  • Remove tablets one at a time with fingers on both sides of the tablet
  • Pick up the corner with one hand 3-finger grip, pull it out and hold the lower edge with the 3-finger grip of the other hand.
  • Gently place on the rug

Rough Smooth Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

  • Arrange the tablets randomly in a line from left to right
  • Steady each tablet with left thumb and finger at lower corner. Starting at left tablet, stroke each one by moving the first two fingers of the dominant hand from top to bottom.
  • Emphasize a light touch and pause at the end of each tablet
  • Offer the child a turn to touch the tablets

Rough Smooth Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

 

  • “Now let’s see if we can find a match. I am going to use my fingers not my eyes to do this work.”
  • Isolate left tablet at the lower left and stroke it down with the right hand.
  • Stroke each tablet until you find a match. Pull it slightly out of line, touch the control, and then touch the mate.
  • Move the mate to the right of the control. Stroke the control again, then the mate again. Move them to the left: “These two are the same. They are a pair.”
  • Match the second pair in the same way.

 

Rough Smooth Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

Recheck the pairs. Offer the child a turn. Randomize the tablets. Then return to the shelf.

The Rough and Smooth Touch Tablets Lesson: Presentation II-IV

Rough Smooth Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

Add one additional pair per presentation until there are five

The Rough and Smooth Touch Tablets Lesson: Presentation V

Rough Smooth Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

“Would you like to do something new with the tablets? Let’s wash out hands first.”

  • Array the tablets in a random line from left to right.
  • Now I am going to find the roughest one.” Stroke each tablet from left to right. “This one is the roughest.” Move the roughest one to the lower left.
  • Now I am going to find the smoothest.” Same steps as above: “This one is the smoothest.” Move the smoothest one to the lower right. Be sure to compare tablets again if they feel similar.
  • Look for the next roughest, then the next smoothest. Place tablets in a line as they are graded.
  • When completely graded, recheck the tablets from left to right, saying the names as you stroke each one.
  • Offer the child a turn. Randomize for the child. Only use three tablets if five is too much for the child.

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