The Silence Game
Silence is a profound experience. Montessori uses silent exercises to teach the child the meaning of silence; this requires self control, attention and coordination of muscles.
During the exercise, the teacher should check the child’s hearing and listening skills.
The silent game prepares the child for other listening experiences, letting the child practice self control, encouraging emotional strengths. It also lets the child differentiate between independence, cooperation, control and grace of movement.
The children follow the teachers lead by sitting and gathering around; she will then light a candle and darken the room; a bell is rung softly while the teacher plays a relaxing tape without a particular rhythm, like animal sounds. Then reduce the sound until silent letting the child hear the natural sounds in their atmosphere; call each child by name to open their eyes. The children may want to share their experience during this game. Finish the game slowly and quietly.
This game should only be played after they have a sense of trust within the class, they appreciate routine, rules, and each other.
Visualization techniques can also be used. The child benefits by noticing particular sounds in his environment making him concentrate and refine his auditory sense, it’s also calming for the child letting him be able to clear his mind to center his thoughts.