Young children are sensorial explorers, eager to touch, see, smell, listen to, and even taste everything around them. They have already experienced abstractions such as dimension, shape, sound, and color but are eager to clarify, classify, and internalize these elements of their world.
In the sensorial curriculum, children work with materials that help them provide internal order, as well as the basis for developing other skills necessary for the development of math, language, and science. Children work with precisely constructed materials such as the Pink Tower, Brown Stair, and Red Rods to refine their visual sense in both 1, 2, and 3-dimensional change. Students utilize Color Boxes to learn primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, then gradations shaded light to dark. Sensorial lessons such as the Constructive Triangles and Geometric Solids make the abstract relationships of geometry concrete. As children progress, they use newly acquired language and knowledge to explore leaf and flower shapes, geometric polygons and solids, three-dimensional land and water forms, and their application to their environment.