The Montessori symbol for the adjective is a dark blue triangle. We already discussed the little light blue triangle (article) and the big black triangle (noun). As you already could guess, the adjective goes together with the article and the noun.
The article is in many cases referred as as an adjective, but Maria Montessori made the article a separate part of speech and because of that I will do too. I just tell you this so you know the belong together.
Adjectives are used to tell us more about the noun in the sentence. So it means that adjectives always go with a noun. The most common adjectives are attribute and predicate adjectives (you can forget about these difficult words for now). It means that they give more information to the noun. For example 'big boy', 'noisy class' or 'the girl is happy'. Attribute adjectives come, most of the time, before the noun whereas the predicate adjective comes after the noun just after a linking verb. I know this is maybe difficult to understand right now, but when we practice with the examples you will get it very quickly.
Other kinds of adjectives that we are going to discuss in this course are:
- Possessive adjectives
- Demonstrative adjectives
- Interrogative adjectives
- Indefinite adjectives
- Cardinal adjectives
- Ordinal adjectives
- Proper adjectives
- Nouns used as adjectives
That looks like a very difficult lesson and yes, it isn't easy, but most of the children I teach get it very quickly. They don't know the difficult words that are mentioned above, but they can determine that they are adjectives. Let's start of with the basic lesson about the adjective by looking at the videos below.