Montessori tools for education are not cheap, but many of them can be re-created using items found at home. We don't have the money to spend on 'the real stuff', but over the years I've gathered a few things here and there. Now we have some variety to rotate through. I don't use Montessori items every day with my younger kids, but we do do a lot of practical life work (teaching and practicing the basic house chores) and as you can see from the pictures when I feel inspired we get out some of the other tools too!
I really enjoy how excited my littles get about school work. It makes me happy. And I can't turn down their enthusiasm so I just feed off it! Their motivation helps me kick into gear and remember back to the days when I had all sorts of time to spend on the fun ideas and projects and tools for the older 2 kids who are now in 5th and 7th grade.
Here are some of the activities they worked on today.
|My very focused lefty!|
|He's almost 5!!!|
|Being a bit silly, but having fun!|
#5 will be 5 years old very soon. He has been asking me over the last 2 weeks 'Mommy, when are you going to teach me to read?' That's my cue! I LOVE teaching my kids to read! It's hands down one of the best rewards as a mommy/teacher! Its been a long time since I've taught one to read. #4 and #5 are 3 years apart. Better go find my materials!
Have a great day everyone!