Montessori Momma

My niece has been attending Le Port Montessori for almost 3 months now. At 2 years & 10 months she loves the small community and montessori materials. Recently, Sam & I joined the Le Port Mommy & Me class (age range 18 months-3 years). During our first Mommy & Me session I was amazed by Sam’s interest and ability to use the montessori materials, which they call “work”. I loved watching her move from activity to activity, while tuning her fine motor skills. She “worked” for almost 90 minutes. This got me thinking, I can recreate some of these types of activities at home. Here are 4 easy steps to follow to create your very own Montessori materials.

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#1 Locate your nearest Thrift Store or Salvation Army (who knew the Salvation Army gave you such nice shopping bags)

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#2 Look for a “home goods” or “kitchen” aisle and get shopping. On your list; trays, bowls, tongs, muffin tin, placemat, piggy bank and/or anything with holes. Be creative.

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#3 Now that you have the essentials, take a trip to Michaels. On your list; pom-poms, small bells, wooden dowels, blocks, and more trays.

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#4 Set-up your Montessori materials. The idea is that all “work” is stored on a shelf or table, accessible to your little one. They should play with one activity at a time and use their working mat. Once they are done with their work, they can return the tray back to the appropriate shelf and enjoy the next activity.

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The Buckley household still has its fair share of Disney princesses and Dora figurines, but my hope is that through the use of these new “toys’ Sammy will “…develop a mastery-focus and a growth mindset.”

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