Introducing Vocabulary:



This is the technique used in teaching new words to the children. It is only used for teaching words. The example illustrated here is the naming of the colors:

The teacher takes two color tablets, such as red and blue,
from Color Box 1. She takes one red tablet and one blue one
and puts them on the table in front of the child. She tells
him she is going to teach him the names.


The teacher puts the tablets to one side. The teacher makes an
association between the quality and the name by taking up each
tablet in turn, placing it in front of the child and saying
several times:
"This is"
She pauses a moment before saying "red" or "blue", (depending on
which color she is showing) and raises her voice slightly,
enunciating clearly.
She repeats until she thinks the child has made the association
between the color and the name.


She places the colors in front of the child.
In order to make sure that the child has understood and in order
to help him fix his knowledge, she asks him:
"Point to the blue."
"Point to the red."
She asks, again and again, sometimes mixing the tablets first,
sometimes asking for the same one a second time in succession. The
teacher tries to make it interesting and enjoyable. Each time the
teacher says "red" or "blue" the child has to make an association
in his mind of the name with the color. It is proof that the child
understands if he hands the teacher the correct color. If he makes
mistakes too often, she does not correct him but goes back to the
first stage of the lesson.


Now, the teacher sees if the child can remember the name for
himself. She places the tablets to one side. Then, the teacher
puts one of the color tablets in front of the child. She asks him:
"What color is this?"
She does the same for the other color tablet. She asks the child
again several times for the name of the different colors. If the
child has done this easily, or on another day, the teacher
introduces the yellow color tablet. She places the yellow color
tablet in front of the child as in the First Period and names it
several times. Then, she uses the red, blue and yellow tablets in
the second and third stages of the lesson.

The three period lesson can be used to teach vocabulary related to any of the sensorial materials.

Note: When teaching positive, comparative, and superlative forms (i.e. tall, taller, tallest)

all three objects remain in front of the child during the lesson, because we are teaching close

comparisons. The teacher should always present and ask for these objects in order.



Tall - Short; Thick - Thin; Large - Small
Deep - Shallow (with the sockets)
Tall - Taller - Tallest; Short - Shorter - Shortest
Thick - Thicker - Thickest
Large - Larger - Largest; Thin - Thinner - Thinnest
Deep - Deeper - Deepest; Small - Smaller - Smallest
Shallow - Shallower - Shallowest

Knobless Cylinders

Same as cylinders

Pink Tower

Large - Small
Large - Larger - Largest
Small - Smaller - Smallest

Broad Stair

Broad - Narrow
Narrow - Narrower - Narrowest
Broad, Broader, Broadest
Thick - Thin; Thick - Thicker - Thickest
Wide - Wider - Widest

Long Rods

Long - Short
Long - Longer - Longest
Short - Shorter - Shortest

Color Tablets

The names of the colors
Light - Dark (with graded box)
Light - Lighter - Lightest
Dark - Darker - Darkest

Sound Boxes

Loud - Soft
Loud - Louder - Loudest
Soft - Softer - Softest

Touch Boards

Rough - Smooth


The names of the different materials..
Linen, Cotton, Silk, etc.

Baric Tablets

Light - Heavy (two most contrasting boxes)


Names of the notes

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