What is it?
Circular calendar based on The Cosmic Education of the Maria Montessori and Waldorf teaching methods, aimed at acquiring the abstract and cultural concept of time.
Includes 60 pieces of 18 mm beech wood, 35 beech pegs of different colours representing the days of the week, and 10 beech wood pieces for special days. Made with non-toxic acrylic paints and natural wax.
Who is it for?
Suitable from 3 years old, when abstract thinking skills begin to develop (concept of time).
What does it develop?
- Development of abstract thinking.
- Temporal concepts: present, past, future, day, week, month, season, year, etc
- It awakens the desire to share.
- Development of fine motor skills.
- Recognition of colours and shapes.
- Improvement of communicative interaction and language development.
How is it used?
There is a circular board with a yellow area in the centre that represents the sun. One year is the time it takes the Earth to go around the sun (translational motion).
Surrounding the “sun”, we find 31 holes which represent the possible days that a month has. At the beginning of the month, we place the coloured beech pegs on the board, which correspond to each of the days of the week according to the Waldorf teaching method.
Monday Violet Friday Green
Tuesday Red Saturday Indigo
Wednesday Yellow Sunday White
The months are represented by 12 sections which correspond to the colours of Goethe’s chromatic circle, with subdivisions which correspond to the weeks.
Each day, we place the peg of the central circle that corresponds to the number and colour of the day of the week in its corresponding hole.
The pieces are reversible, so that when the week we are in is over, they are turned over and the pieces remain in natural wood (without colour). The pegs that have made up the week will return to the central area, also turned upside down to show a colourless area. In this way, we indicate the passage of time: colour = future / absence of colour = past.