Monday, April 16, 2012
Montessori materials can pinpoint (and remediate) issues at very young ages, and in very precise ways.
A series of Montessori Nuggets will focus on some of these benefits to using pure Montessori materials.
The chosen color scheme in the sensorial materials (and in math) minimize issues with a child with color-blindness. The child can still learn the concepts at hand, without being hindered by that color-blindness, as the materials will still look different from one another.
The teacher has the color tablets to discover and work with the color-blindness. But the child is not hindered anywhere else in most instances of color-blindness because of the design of the Montessori materials.
Color-blindness is not something with a treatment, however an awareness of it from the earliest possible age can provide the child with an understanding of why things don't look the same as they do with others; minimizes frustration all-around for parents, teachers, family, friends; and allows the child to get on with his life.
This child will need help coordinating clothing and may need some materials (mostly at home) adjusted so that he can function easily within the family. I have a friend who LOVES to golf; but he can't see a red flag on the green lawn, so he has to ask someone. Once it is pinpointed, he can make out the difference in texture, but rarely can he find it on his own. This sort of interdependence, with openness and honesty is something that can be developed from the youngest age, so there is no feeling of inferiority or other emotional issues that can result from a child "not knowing his colors".
Visit the Wikipedia page on color-blindness here.
normal vision in top row
dichromatic below (same apples)
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