We received some new Montessori materials for our “classroom”. One was the Geometric Cabinet. This consists of 35 geometric insets and frames: 6 circles, 6 rectangles, 7 triangles, 6 regular polygons, 4 curvilinear figures, 6 quadrilaterals and 1 blank. Pumpkin 1 enjoys working with it. Right now it’s like doing a puzzle. She’s also learning the names of different shapes. In fact I learned something new. I found out that an Oval is actually an egg shape (larger at one end) and what we call an Oval is really an Ellipse! Also a diamond shape is actually called a Rombus. So much for mommy to learn.
As Pumpkin 1 gains fine motor skills she can begin to trace the shapes with her fingers in preparation to eventually use the metal insets which help her learn to draw the lines and curves found in letters. In Montessori each material builds on the previous one and is preparation for the next. They are not random toys but specially designed materials to teach and stimulate learning. They work in a cohesive manner to connect together skills and ideas.
If you’re thinking of purchasing some Montessori materials here are some great online stores in Canada:
http://www.montessoriequipment.ca/default.asp – Affordable pricing, free shipping on orders over $300, great quality.
http://ca.montessorioutlet.com/cgi-bin/category/0 – Lowest prices, quality is good except the sandpaper materials and boxes are sold separately, no free shipping.
http://www.affordmontessori.com/index.asp – Affordable pricing, great quality, free shipping on orders over $300, great customer service.
Of the 3 I like Montessori Equipment the best.