Monday, November 23, 2020

How Do Children Learn with the Mystery Bag?

How Do Children Learn with the Mystery Bag?

The Mystery Bag is a sensorial material that helps the child refine his stereognostic sense. The bag holds small objects that the child identifies by touch alone. That’s a simple way of describing the stereognostic sense – recognizing an object by feeling it instead of by looking at it. But it’s really more than that. The stereognostic sense is a higher brain function that combines tactile and muscular sensory input for texture, form, and weight into a coherent experience of an object. Refining the stereognostic sense builds the child’s ability to discriminate sizes and shapes through touch. It also indirectly builds spatial awareness, logic, and the ability to form abstractions – important skills for math and language!

 Learn more about the Mystery Bag and other Montessori sensorial materials when you purchase NAMC’s Montessori Early Childhood Curriculum or by enrolling in our Montessori Early Childhood Diploma Program!

— NAMC Staff

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Monday, November 23, 2020.

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