As a Montessori credentialed stay at home mom, it is hard to not bring in Montessori philosophy into our day to day lives. I decided to go a step further and create some of the materials that are in a Montessori classroom to have in our home. Many of the materials are too expensive for me to buy, and since we are sending Cora to ChildLight Montessori School next year, there really isn't a point to invest in them. So I am doing homemade versions. There are so many resources out there for homeschool Montessori (I follow this blog on Facebook) and many of the materials in a Montessori classroom are easily made with common items.
Although I think Cora is ready for a few sandpaper letters, I started with homemade "metal" insets. Metal insets are a series of ten shapes that include the (usually) pink frame and blue inset. The shapes are: square, circle, triangle, oval, ellipse, rectangle, trapezoid, pentagon, curvilinear triangle, and quatrefoil (the one that looks like a flower).
|An artsy shot|
For my project, I saved enough cereal boxes to create 10 frames and cut out 5 1/2 inch squares. Then I found this website with templates for cutting out the shapes. I was glad I didn't have to free-hand it.
|I used the examples in my Language Curriculum Album to make sure the templates were the right size.|
Overall I am pleased with how they came out. For Cora, they will be stencils to use during art time.