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Now that I’ve given an overview of the Montessori philosophy and the categories of work, as well as some basic “how to’s”, it’s time to get some links and pictures out there so you can sink your teeth in.
What follows is my way of doing things, and it is certainly not the best way, I’m sure. It works for us, though I can’t say I ever feel completely organized. We have so many things that we’ve collected over the years, some that are used often and some that I could probably do without. Here is the chart I use to plan each week. I do not fill every box, and often leave the works up for 2-3 weeks at a time.
Here is a list of non-Montessori items I use often. You’d be amazed how creative you can be with a good collection of random materials:
- little glass jars and bowls, spoons, tongs, and ladles from Montessori Services
- counter-type manipulatives such as shells, stones, glass bead, plastic beads, and buttons. I’ve gotten most of these from craft stores, usually in the dollar bins.
- trays, baskets and sectioned plates (you can get these also at Montessori Services)
- stickers, especially alphabet or number stickers, from scrapbook sections of craft stores
- my awesome laminator
- a good laser printer, and I often print materials on cardstock and then laminate them
- pattern blocks, cuisenaire rods, tangrams
- various games, dice, etc.
- pom poms, pipe cleaners, silk flowers, etc.
- stationery, stamps, writing supplies
Here are some wonderful websites and blogs that I use for inspiration, or to purchase materials:
- Counting Coconuts– some really creative things here
- What DID we do all day?– This blogger’s sidebar are chock full of Montessori links galore!
- My Montessori Journey
- The Adventures of Bear
- The Montessori Goldmine– a handful of linkups from around the web each day
- One Hook Wonder– with Montessori Monday
- Living Montessori Now– lots of great information and links to explore, as well as a sidebar of book recommendations
- The Work Plan– a Montessori teacher chronicles her days with her students
- A list of 50 Montessori blogs
- Confessions of a Montessori Mom– this blog is written by a Montessori teacher, Lisa Nolan, who will be guest posting tomorrow on continuing Montessori through the elementary years
- Montessori Print Shop– Montessori materials for purchase in printable form
- Montessori Materials
- A wonderful set of photos of a Montessori classroom
- Montessori for Everyone– printable materials for purchase, and some for free
- A post on where to purchase materials
Our schoolroom space:
These are the shelves that my husband made, along with a small table and chairs,
and a large, low, wood table that the kids kneel around to do work.
Here is the left side of that space where I have plastic drawer organizers
for the young ones’ work. The drawers are labeled with their names. I also use the little
wooden Ikea drawer unit for crayons, pencils, colored pencils and markers. The drawers come completely out and the kids can take an entire drawer to work with.
Our schoolroom also has these cubes from Target where we store puzzles
legos and other building toys, and educational games. Don’t mind the poster
that is falling down in the back. 🙂
Our circle time area has….circles! These little circle carpets are from
Ikea and go a long way toward keeping everyone in their own space.
You can see our calendar board. I got many ideas for calendar time from the creative ladies at 1+1+1=1,
We got this Antonio set from Ikea and love it. We got the frame, the wire shelves,
and a few sectioned plastic bins to go inside them.
Our antique book case which holds all of my trays, baskets, pitchers, glass jars, tongs, spoons,
funnels, and all sorts of other random things great for Practical Life work.
More Antonio shelves from Ikea.
Just a plain over-the-door shoe organizer for scissors, glue, yarn, dry erase markers, etc.
Please feel free to email me with any questions. I am not an expert on Montessori (and I didn’t even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night) but I can offer some tips based on how we have incorporated Montessori methods into our home.
Tomorrow Lisa Nolan will be guest posting about the philosophy of
Montessori education for older children.
And Friday we end the Blog Hop with a giveaway!