There is some general principles in the presentation of the Sensorial Material.
1. All the Sensorial Material apply either the technique of matching or grading
2. Matching precedes grading in level of difficulty within a material
3. Grading begins from large to small
4. Grading proceeds from left to right.
5. It is strongly encouraged that a group demonstration be ahead of the placement of any sensorial material into the environment. Children may not understand the actual sense being trained (for example a group presentation of the smelling cylinders), the child will see the respect with which a material is handled, the organizational arrangement of the material on the table or rug, the name of the material, and its placement on the shelf.
6. Allow for gross motor activity in the removal of a material, and within a material. By carrying the pink cubes individually from the shelf the child has the opportunity to use large muscles. Yes, bringing the Cubes one by one for tenth times to the rug/mat! (Children seems to be able to enjoy the momentum of these activities. The Memory Variation contained in each material, also, allows for large movement from place to place.
7. When two materials are to be combined, order one material on the table or on the rug before integrating the second material.
E.g.: The Geometric Solids are ordered in a horizontal row on the rug before the Box of Bases are brought to the rug.
8. When a material is to be traced, as the Geometric Plane Figures, grasp the knob with the dominant hand and trace with the sub-dominant hand.
Please do take note that this is base on Montessori method to present sensorial material and if you have any unique ideas that you carry out with your child or students, you can integrate them with this 8 principles for we as adult have our phase of learning journey as we guide our little angels theirs!