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Three Period Lesson
Memory Games
Visual Sense
  Cylinder Blocks
  Pink Tower
  Brown Stairs
  Red Rods
  Color Tablets
  Geometric Cabinet
  Constructive Triangles
    Rectangular Triangles
    Blue Rectangular Box
    Triangular Box
    Large Hexagonal Box
    Small Hexagonal Box
  Geometrical Figures
  Sensorial Decanomial
  Knobless Cylinders
  Binomial Cube
  Trinomial Cube
  Leaf Cabinet
Tactile Sense
  Sensitizing Fingertips
  Touch Boards
  Touch Tablets
Baric Sense
  Baric Tablets
Thermic Sense
  Thermic Bottles
  Thermic Tablets
Auditory Sense
  Sound Boxes
Olfactory Sense
  Smelling Jars
Gustatory Sense
  Tasting Bottles
Stereognostic Sense
  Geometric Solids
  Sorting Trays
  Mystery Bag
  Sandpaper Globe
  Painted Globe
  Puzzle Maps
    The World
    The Continents
    The Country

Sandpaper Globe


A small world globe with the land areas covered with sandpaper and the water surfaces painted blue.



Invite the child to come and work with you. Bring him over to the globes and point to the sandpaper globe. Give the child the name of the material. Show the child how to carry the globe by using two hands around the wooden base of the globe. Have the child carry the sandpaper globe to the table and have him place it in the center of the table. Then have the child sit to your left.

- Tell the child, “This is what our world would look like from outer space.”
- Feel one of the rough parts (one of the continents).
- Have the child feel it.
- As he is feeling it, tell him, “This is land.”
- Have the child feel another spot (or another continent).
- Tell him, “This is also land.”
- Feel one of the smooth surfaces (one of the oceans).
- Have the child feel.
- Tell the child as he is feeling, “This is water.”
- Turn the globe and have him feel another smooth surface.
- Tell the child, “This is also water.”
- Feel another rough spot and again tell the child, “This is land.”
- Feel another smooth spot and again tell the child, “This is water.”
- Do a Three-Period lesson for “land” and “water”.


Land and Water


To help the child develop a concept of the shape of the earth.
Visualization of the distribution of land and water over the earth.

Preparation for the painted globe.

Control of Error


3 1/2 – 4 years

Remember to have the child sensitize his fingertips before this lesson.

This Montessori Video shows how to present a child with the sandpaper globe.

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