Just like it sounds, these materials teach a practical skill, like pouring water or zipping a zipper. Everything in Practical Life has a purpose, whether it be: encouraging concentration skills, left to right orientation to prepare for reading and writing, or refinement of the pincer grasp to prepare for writing.
Just as Practical Life is mostly a preparation for language, sensorial is mostly a preparation for mathematics. These materials teach concepts experienced by the senses, such as taste, color, dimension, and shape. Ordering is often the purpose of the sensorial area, ordering by length or by volume.
Most of the materials are self-correcting, allowing children to see and correct their own mistakes without adult assistance. How empowering!
Our language materials are visual and tactile, they use sound and movement to teach phonetics and letter recognition. It’s always easier for our brains to construct rather than de-construct, so once letter sounds are mastered our children “write” with the movable alphabet before they read. Our language program leads to writing and reading with comprehension. Science and geography materials add to the rich vocabulary taught in our language environment.
Cursive handwriting is introduced early, for it is natural for the child to want to draw curved shapes.