Help from Periphery (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Help from Periphery (Montessori)

In Montessori education, Help from Periphery refers to the approach of presenting objects and activities in a way that encourages purposeful movement from the child. The periphery here denotes the part of the child that interacts with external reality through the senses and movement.[1] This approach operates under the belief that we should engage the child’s hands and physical interaction as much as their visual perception, thus promoting active, hands-on learning.


Montessori Quotes

  • “The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”[2]
  • “The development of the hand lags behind because we do not respect it enough.”[3]