Concrete to Abstract (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Concrete to Abstract (Montessori)

Concrete to Abstract is a principle in Montessori education where learning progresses from tangible, hands-on experiences to more abstract concepts.[1] The child initially interacts with concrete materials that represent an abstract idea, like size or colour. As the child develops, they are able to understand these ideas in symbolic or abstract forms.


Montessori Quotes

  • “There is nothing in the intellect which was not first in some way in the senses.” [2]
  • “The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”[3]