Wheaton Montessori News
In a Montessori classroom, children learn to concentrate by choosing to practice developmentally appropriate lessons that they have received from the trained guide. They learn to concentrate by choosing a material that they are drawn to, and which follows their natural path of development. Learning to concentrate on a work like bean or grain sorting lays the groundwork for how to concentrate on more complex lessons down the road.
In these pictures and the video below, we see a young student in one of our Primary classrooms engaged in bean sorting. Be sure to note the amount of beans mixed together in the largest section of the tray. Watch as he carefully sorts and the number of sorted beans grows.