Shape Work

By Bobby George; June George; Alyssa Nassner (Illustrator)
(ABRAMS, Board Books, 9781419709357, 18pp.)

Publication Date: August 2013

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As with all things Montessori, students begin with the concrete and move to the abstract. When learning shapes, Montessori students first develop an understanding of the spatial object in comparison to other shapes and a relevant application for each shape--"before "learning the names. Inspired by this process, "Montessori: Shape Work "offers readers die-cut shapes to trace with their fingers, grouped by family for comparison, and illustrated with a familiar object for relevancy. Featured shapes include three triangles (equilateral, isosceles, right-angled); three rounds (circle, oval, ellipse); three parallelograms (square, rectangle, rhombus); and three polygons (pentagon, hexagon, octagon). With a letter to parents included, this third Montessori board book joins "Montessori: Letter Work "and "Montessori: Number Work "in a growing library of original concept books.

About the Author
Bobby George is an independent researcher and creative director at Baan Dek Montessori in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He recently completed a PhD in philosophy at Kingston University, London, writing a dissertation on the work of Arakawa and Gins. Tom Sparrow teaches in the department of philosophy at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Levinas Unhinged (2013) and co-editor of A History of Habit: From Aristotle to Bourdieu (2013). He blogs at Plastic Bodies.

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