ETC Montessori is making available a new guide for teaching measurement in early childhood. The printed edition, in the format of a book, is available for purchase directly from ETC Montessori Online. A digital version available for viewing only is available through their online document portal.
The area of teaching measurement at this level, is a natural extension of both the Practical Life as well as the Sensorial areas. Practical life gives the sensorial experience of capacity, while sensorial will offer practice in length, temperature, and weight. It is important that the children have real experiences with the tools used in measurement.
The guide begins by listing the measurement concepts that should be presented in this level if you are required to meet standards, along with teaching points.
These main concepts include the following ideas, as listed below along with appropriate teaching points.
Identifying the attribute
Direct comparison between objects
Indirect comparison, and
Using appropriate instruments to measure
A detailed list of the lessons and presentations will show how to implement both sensorial and practical life experiences.
Measurement - Direct Comparison - Sensorial
Measurement - Length
Measurement - Indirect Comparison - Sensorial
Measurement - Using Tools
Measurement Direct Comparison - Weight
Measurement Indirect Comparison - Weight
Measurement Using a Tool - Weight
Measurement - Direct Comparison - Volume
Measurement - Volume - Tools Introduction
Measurement - Volume - Tools 1
Measurement - Volume - Tools 2