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Montessori Sensorial: Thermic Tablets

Montessori Thermic Tablets are a Sensorial material that defines the child’s haptic sense. Children truly enjoy this work and you can purchase or create the materials at a reasonable price.

Thermic Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

These Five Senses books from Montessori Services are a great way to introduce the senses and a new lesson (or simply to leave on the shelf) to children.

Thermic Tablets Lesson

Thermic Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

Thermic Tablets Lesson: Presentation I

  • Use only the two most contrasting pairs (felt and steel)
  • “Would you like to have a lesson with the thermic tablets? Let’s go wash hands first.”
  • These are the thermic tablets. Can you say thermic?”
  • Carry the box to the work area and place it in the center of the table.

Thermic Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

  • Remove the lid and place it in the upper left corner of the work area.
  • Remove tablets one at a time by grasping the top edges with a 3-finger-grip.
  • Lifting tablet from the box, grasping bottom edge with a 3-finger-grip when it clears the box
  • Arrange from left to right in a horizontal line

Thermic Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

Touch the index and third finger of the dominant hand to the center of each tablet, moving from left to right, slowly and thoughtfully: Would you like to touch the tablets?

Thermic Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

  • Randomize the tablets in a horizontal line: “Now let’s see if we can find a match.
  • Isolate the left tablet by moving it down and to the left. Touch it once in the center.
  • Touch each of the tablets once in the center until you find a match.

Thermic Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

  • Move the match slightly out of line.
  • Touch the control, then the match: “These two match, they are a pair.”
  • Move the matched pair to the left below the box and match the remaining pair.
  • Recheck both pairs by touching the center once of the left and then the right tablet belonging to the same pair: “They all match. Shall I mix these up now and you can have a turn to match them?

 

Thermic Tablets Lesson: Presentation II

Thermic Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

Add the wood pair, then the slate pair

Thermic Tablets Lesson: Presentation III

Thermic Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

  • “Let’s wash our hands.”
  • Remove tablets with 3-finger-grip:“These are … (wood, steel, felt, slate).
  • Place them in random order in a horizontal line.

Thermic Tablets Lesson - Montessori Sensorial

  • I will find the coolest.” Feel the whole line, then move the two coolest aside to the left.
  • Now I will find the warmest.” Feel the remaining tablets and isolate the warmest. Place at the right of the new line.
  • “I’ll find the next coolest now.”
  • Feel the remaining tablet. “This is the next to warmest.” Move the tablet beside the warmest tablet.
  • Check the order by touching each tablet once in the center, moving from left to right.
  • Randomize the tablets. Offer the child a turn: “Would you like to grade the thermic tablets from warmest to coolest?”

Best,
Marnie

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