You may well see a student at Glen Abbey Montessori working with a pink tower, Montessori bells, or shaking a set of cylinders.  These activities are called sensorial activities.  Dr. Montessori believed that sensorial experiences begin at birth, and that it is through a child’s senses that he/she studies the environment around him/her.  Montessori believe that through this study, the child begins to understand his/her environment, referring to children as “sensorial explorers”.  Sensorial materials in the Montessori classroom to help a child develop and refine his/her five senses, and are designed to be self-correcting, meaning that the student not only works with the material, but has a way to check the work rather than seeking out the teacher.  This is done to help promote independence on the part of the student.