At Marin Montessori School, every classroom environment comes alive with a broad set of sensorial materials that can be manipulated in order to teach particular concepts. In contrast to more traditional teaching environments, children do not learn through passive reception of information, they learn by doing. Every child uses educational materials to develop skills of perception, reasoning, judgment, and intellect. Because each child is actively engaged along these many dimensions, she has the opportunity to progress in the way that she learns best.
In addition, abstract concepts are made concrete through physical manipulation of the materials, so that more difficult, intangible ideas are more easily understood. For example, the concept of cubed numbers is readily grasped by our children because they can interact with physical math materials that make the abstract idea tangible.