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Many parents with children in Montessori schools consider purchasing Montessori materials for holiday or birthday gifts.
Often, parents are surprised that Montessori teachers don't recommend to have Montessori materials at home.
For most children, working with the Montessori materials at home, as well as at school, can be confusing and overwhelming.
Children who work at home, generally don’t want to work with the same materials at school and vice versa.
Additionally, parents might present the material differently at home, allowing more playfulness with the material, which can distract the child from the intended use of the material and prevents the child to learn properly.
However, many great activities and materials are out there that support many of the same goals as the Montessori materials, but are not available in the classroom and are more suitable for at home.
So here are my recommendations if you want to support your child learning at home with some toys and materials related to the Montessori materials.
I have presented the suggestions by Montessori areas of learning. Those gifts are more suitable for children aged 3 to 6.
Instead of Dressing frames:
- offer an apron to your child, add more reality based dress-up costumes and maybe offer a doll that has specific clothes to put on and off. I find these mice with dress up clothes super cute but of course, they are fantasy based.
Instead of Practical life activities on tray:
A cooking book - we love My Little Sous-chef but they are currently out of stock. You can still find some on Manine Montessori.
Cookies - an interactive recipe book . It is a step by step illustrate recipe book to allow your child to bake independently. There are 3 others in that series.
- If your child is interested in painting: Famous Painting - Usborne cards
(more art ideas in this blog post: Art appreciation – Resources and ideas for children
Instead of the sound boxes:
- Refine their auditory sense by playing some sound recognition games.
Instead of the Pink tower, Brown stairs and Red rods:
Offer some wooden blocks
Grimms small steps pyramid to sort from shortest to tallest
Instead of smelling bottles
Instead of the Blue geometric solids
Instead of the Sand paper letters
Try a Letter book
Instead of the large Moveable alphabet
Instead of the Insets for design
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Instead of Cards and Counters at home, Spindle box or beads materials.
Play some board games with a dice. Our favourite board games are from Orchard toys.
Some board games focus specifically on counting such as Bus stop that we have and like.
Instead of the Roman Arch (I love this one)
Instead of the Sand and Coloured Globe that your child has access to at school,:
Try a Light up Globe. We have this one.
Instead of the Montessori World map
I hope these ideas have inspired you.
More lists if you need some more gifts:
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Carine Robin is a a mother of 2 children. She raises them the Montessori way. Originally from Belgium where she worked as a child psychologist for several years, Carine spent 6 years in Ireland before settling in in the UK. She qualified as a Montessori teacher 10 years ago and has since worked as Montessori teacher and preschool manager. She founded Montessori-family in 2011 to provide opportunities for parents to discover Montessori. She believes that it’s truly possible to implement the Montessori ideas at home to make your house and family life welcoming to your child, her needs and her thrive for independence. She offers parents & babies classes, toddlers playgroups; Montessori home designs, one to one support, parenting classes and online courses.
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