Why do we call Aurogames a Montessori Activity?
Updated: Dec 31, 2020
Aurogames were not created by Maria Montessori, but include the didactic principles that define every one of Montessori’s extraordinary learning materials. It is these inbuilt mechanisms in an activity that we refer to as Montessori in this context. Aurogames were designed by another creative mind, Auroculture (Helga Ahy) for a new system of education, called Integral Education. Read more about Auroculture, here
Montessori believed that training and sharpening of the senses would broaden a child’s perceptual field and build a strong foundation for intellectual growth. Sensorial development also has a central place in Integral Education, both in the work with emotions and with the body, as an instrument through which the child can build awareness. Learning is seen as the natural process that develops spontaneously in the human being, through experiences of acting on the environment and through reflection. What both Montessori and Auroculture saw was that sensory education could happen through didactic materials, developing mental capacities of attention, comparison and judgment in the child, through joy and curiosity.
Integral Education has many important parallels with Montessori’s theories. Both have the aim to bring peace and harmony to the world. Knowing that children have the capacity to develop a deeper consciousness, and learn to act from it. And that nothing can be taught, children learn best from their own explorations.
Geometry curriculum – filling the gap
Although the Montessori geometry curriculum is extensive, there is a gap, which Aurogames fills. It isolates the concepts of symmetry and mirror imaging, patterns, special awareness, rotation, flexibility and agility. The exploration focuses on the sense of vision, and builds on geometrical concepts, to discover relationships between shapes.
Aurogames offers a full range of leveled activities for children age 3-6 and 6-12, working from concrete experiences to abstract understanding. Through harmony and beauty, these sensorial exercises offer a visual experience and creativity, assisting the child to develop concentration, organization, and perceptual judgment. They are self correcting with an inbuilt control of error.
The same magic that we see happen when children discover through Montessori’s didactic materials, we observe in Aurogames too! We have seen the development in children working with Aurogames, and can guarantee that once you introduce Aurogames as part of the sensorial activities in your learning environment, you will feel how deeply you have enriched it for your students.
We want to share this magic with you!