Montessori materials

Quality Montessori materials and furnishings

SIt’s been over a hundred years since the first Montessori materials were created, but the same principles still govern and drive GAM in the development of new products. The objecting is to offer children the quality furniture and materials consistent with Maria Montessori’s guidelines. Maria Montessori’s interest in space and furnishings dates from 1907, right at the start of her educational experiences with children aged two and a half to six at number 58 of Via dei Marsi in Rome. Already in her first book, ‘The Method of Scientific Pedagogy’ of 1909, there were drawings illustrating the first tables she proposed to replace old and traditional banks of desks. Her proposal was based on the principle that the environment be predisposed to give a voice to things, offering each child tools to effectuate individual choices and actions, at his or her own pace.

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GAM can define itself as the History of Montessori materials, not just because it started, grew and established itself in Maria Montessori’s country, but because it was in collaboration with our firm (then known as “Ernesto Bassoli e Figli” and afterwards “Società Anonima per il Materiale Montessori”) that Maria Montessori produced the first materials. Gonzagarredi is one of only three companies in the world that produce Montessori educational material with the supervision and certification of Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) , headquartered in Amsterdam.

Material categories

Infant and Toddler 0-3

“The human hand, so delicate and so complicated, not only allows the mind to reveal itself but enables the whole being to enter into special relationships with its environment. We might even say that man take possession of its environment with his hands. His hands under the guidance of his intellect transform the environment and thus enable him to fulfill his mission in the world.”

Sensorial Materials

“… Our Sensory Material analyses and represents the attributes of things: dimensions, forms, colours, smoothness or roughness of surface, weight, temperature, flavour, noise, sounds …”

Language

“… written language, in its mechanical aspects, can be directly associated with spoken language and be practically derived from it as another mode of expression. This is especially true during the period when speech is naturally being fixed, that is, during the sensitive period …”

Mathematics

“… Because of this vital importance of mathematics the school must use special methods for teaching it and make clear and comprehensible its elements with the help of plenty of apparatus that demonstrates the materialized abstractions of mathematics …”

Geography, Botany and Biology

“… But it is logical that if there are (…) natural aptitudes to easy acquisition of culture, we should take advantage of them, and surround the child with things to handle which in themselves convey steps in culture …”