So, last week I took delivery of a very large box of Montessori materials from the lovely Anne-Marie from Child Led Chaos. And this week I started to get the resources out.
The first one out of the box was the Trinomial Cube (amazon), for no other reason than both Big and I adore it. Turns out that that is catching, as Smallest has spent hours with it already. As it contains the binomial cube, you can start by presenting that (some hints on trinomial presentation here here although that’s not quite how I do it), so I did, and it took her just two days to get the hang of that. (Not all of two days. Although I would guess she probably spent a good couple of hours on it, having me present it over and over, and trying a variety of ways to get it to fit before she cracked it.)
As soon as she’d got the hang of the binomial, she wanted to do the big cube. So we had a few goes at that.
I foresee many more hours with that one 🙂
And before all this had started, of course we had to clean down the table after breakfast, and sweep the kitchen floor so that it’s clean for the mat to be rolled out. Lots of incidental good habits in Montessori practices. After only a couple of days of it, she already rolls the mat up and puts it away without being reminded.
Tigerboy is loving all the new stuff as well. He’s spent a lot of time with the Latches Board (amazon) although oddly I don’t seem to have any pictures of him with that. But his real favourite is the Tower! (always with a !) which in this case is a not pink tower. It isn’t a classic montessori version of this, being natural, and nesting, rather than being solid blocks. This does make it more complicated to work with, as it’s possible to hide a block as you’re building the tower. He doesn’t seem to mind.
This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of materials, but already, just a couple of days into use, I can see that both the little ones are responding so well to having the montessori influence brought into the home. It gives me a structure as well, which is good, and I’m really looking forward to reorganising the living room, so that we can have shelving with the materials available for easy access. For the time being, I’m getting them out early on a morning and putting them on the kitchen table, which means the children have to ask me for them, not ideal, but a lot better than having Tigerboy disappear with an important part!