Slowly I have been bookmarking materials for our Montessori at home area and I'm really excited to share them and their purpose with you here! Right now Ruthie is too small for these materials but we have been using the ikea play gym which is a great, simple and pretty toy for her to use that falls into the montessori for baby category (in my opinion.) I found the above images on pinterest and have them saved in my Montessori at Home board:
1 / Low shelves easy for the little ones to see their materials which allows them to choose what they'd like to work with and also allows for them to be able to put their things away in it's correct place after they're finished. Also pictured is a material called the color tablets-They help children understand color grade, mixing at matching. This is the third set of tablets- 1st set is of primary colors only, second set is tertiary and this is the final set containing all grades of colors. The posters with labels are good for early reading and it's important to note that in a Montessori environment having pictures of real things instead of drawn or cartoons is important for them in understanding the difference between reality and imaginative play.
2 and 3 / color sorting and spooning. The balls and spoon are great for building fine motor skills which ultimately lead to a strong pencil grip for writing and the color sorting is a great math skill.
On a similar note, Nick and I have been talking a lot about homeschooling recently and as a Montessori teacher who teaches at a school for homeschooled families and after reading this article, Im almost sure we'll be giving our children the base of their education at home. It's exciting to think of all the adventures we'll be able to take together as a family as part of our kids schooling. And lucky for us, Cincinnati is a city rich in homeschool resources, families and co ops.