Do you ever notice how your little one frequently copies you? Whether you're washing dishes, sitting on the couch, reading a book, or doing outdoor chores, those little eyes are always on you. Little ones learn by watching and imitating, and giving them the ability to utilize similar tools and methods not only brings them joy but helps them continue to learn and hone their skills. It makes you wonder, 'should I let my child copy me or should I follow my child's lead?'
The Montessori method of learning and teaching very much resonates with this way of living. If you aren't versed in the Montessori method Aubrey Hargis' article 'I've got 5 Minutes. Explain Montessori to me will bring you up to speed. Aubrey is a life-long Montessori advocate. We personally love her and have taken her courses, listen to her podcast, and read her books! (You could say we're fans.)
Montessori Items You'll Love & Use for Years
You're interested in Montessori but not sure what items to purchase? Don't worry we've all been there. I've listed some items you're sure to get many uses out of! Some of the items you've already got at home, most are simple to DIY!
- Work Rugs - a rug helps your child define their workspace
- Trays, bowls, baskets, and tongs - you'll be able to use these items for many exercises (we'll link to some below)
- Color Tablet Box 3 - the 3rd box will be the best bang for your buck, you can pull out a few colors at a time when you start and then increase as your kiddo grows.
- Number Rods or Red Rods - the difference between the two is the number rods have alternating colors to help teach the concept of 1, 2, 3 etc. The red rods focus on size discrimination, but both will bring so much fun!
- Knobbed Cylinders - your little one will learn about size discrimination, height discrimination, and strengthen their pincer grasp.
- Pink Tower - ah the quintissential Montessori item. This helps your little learner work on their fine motor coordination and prepares them for abstract mathematical concepts.
Books For Montessori Curious Adults!
So you're still not sure about Montessori or you want to learn more? Awesome!
|One hundred and ten years ago, Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy, devised a very different method of educating children, based on her observations of how they naturally learn. In reading this book, parents and teachers alike will develop a clear understanding of what happens in a Montessori classroom and, more importantly, why it happens and why it works.|
|The techniques, exercises, and easy-to-make Montessori materials presented here instill a sense of discovery and awareness in your child, and serve as an essential foundation for future learning.|
|A parent's guide to building independence, creativity, and confidence in their children using Montessori learning techniques, written by Montessori president Tim Seldin.|
Want more suggestions? Check out our Montessori Focused book list.
Here are fun Montessori inspired activities for you to try!
- Pour and Transfer - engages your child's concentration while helping them strengthen fine motor skills
- Mystery Bag - you'll want to use items that your child already knows the names of, this will help your child identify items based on touch
- Hammering - your kiddo will enjoy the freedom of hammering materials, you can also utilize golf tees and styrofoam
This Week's Favorite Activity
Our kiddos love using their Montessori materials and creating. My daughter wanted to include her knobbled cylinders with the pink tower. Before I could stop myself I told her they might not fit, but she proved me wrong. Proof that I need to just sit back, follow her lead, and watch the magic happen.
Happy learning and growing!