If you’re a Montessori homeschooler, you might like to buy special gifts of Montessori materials for your homeschool. Or, grandparents might like to buy a gift for your homeschool. Today, I’ll share my gift guide with ideas of Montessori materials and Montessori-friendly products that would be helpful for Montessori homeschools. I’ll focus mainly here on materials for preschoolers through age 7.
For elementary Montessori materials, see my post “Where to Buy Montessori Elementary Albums and Materials.”
Following is a variety of products I think are wonderful for Montessori homeschools. Choose according to the materials you need and your budget. I think it’s great to give Montessori gifts at any time of year. You don’t need to worry about having a complete schoolroom to begin with. It’s fine to gradually add materials. And many materials can be made as DIY Montessori materials.
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Materials for the Traditional Montessori Curriculum
A variety of trays are especially helpful for Montessori preschoolers. The Montessori Services large plastic trays are a helpful size, durable, attractive and stack well. They work well for many activities.
Montessori Services medium size trays are also a helpful size, durable, attractive, and stack well.
Multicraft Wooden 5-Piece Tray Set is inexpensive, stacks well, and gives a nice variety of sizes.
It would be hard to go wrong with a Montessori Services practical life material. It’s always nice to have at least one especially attractive practical life activity, such as the blue glass pouring set.
For the sensorial, math, and language materials I’m recommending Alison’s Montessori value-line materials and Kid Advance materials on Amazon. I reviewed these Alison’s Montessori value-line sensorial materials: Pink Tower, Brown Stair, Red Rods and Stand, and Natural Geometric Solids in my first Alison’s Montessori Review. In another post, I reviewed Alison’s Montessori value-line Cylinder Blocks and Knobless Cylinders: Alison’s Montessori Cylinder Blocks and Knobless Cylinders Review.) I especially like the quality of the Alison’s Montessori materials. I do have the Kid Advance sandpaper letters, which are nice, too. You can read about other Montessorians’ experiences with a variety of online companies here: Where to Buy Montessori Materials.
Alison’s Montessori Brown Stair or Kid Advance Brown Stair
Alison’s Montessori Red Rods or Kid Advance Red Rods
Alison’s Montessori Cylinder Blocks or Kid Advance Cylinder Blocks (traditional sized)
Alison’s Montessori Knobless Cylinders or Kid Advance Knobless Cylinders
Alison’s Montessori Geometric Solids or Kid Advance Geometric Solids
Alison’s Montessori Binomial Cube or Kid Advance Binomial Cube
Alison’s Montessori Trinomial Cube or Kid Advance Trinomial Cube
Mathematics Bead Materials (depending on which materials your homeschool needs) from Alison’s Montessori. The Value Line materials are a nice quality for homeschools.
Montessori Support Materials and Products That Aren’t Traditional Montessori Materials but Work Well for Montessori-Inspired Activities
A perfect tool to encourage independence and let toddlers and preschoolers join you in the kitchen for food-preparation activities. See my Learning Tower review post for more information.
Update: If you purchase the Learning Tower in December with code december at checkout, you’ll get $20 off plus free puppet theater and free shipping (total savings of $40.99)!
Safari Ltd. TOOBS (also great for language objects and for many cultural activities). See my Safari Ltd. posts for ideas of how Safari Ltd. miniatures can be used in Montessori homeschools. Montessori By Mom Subscription or Materials from Store See my Montessori By Mom posts for more information.
Little Passports Early Explorers for ages 3-5. This would work well with Montessori-inspired themes in a homeschool. It could be used in addition to (or instead of) the World Edition. 12/17/14 Update: See what’s in the first package in my post “Using Little Passports Early Explorers with a Montessori-Inspired Approach.” Little Passports World Edition for ages 5-10. I have a series of posts with Montessori-inspired Little Passports activities for preschoolers (to go with the World Edition packages). I’ve integrated the Little Passports packages with the Montessori geography curriculum for ages 3-6. If you follow my posts, you can use this Little Passports edition for preschoolers through age 10.
Little Passports USA Edition for ages 5-12 If you’d like to give a gift of Montessori books, see the Living Montessori Now sidebar.
Gift Guides for Babies and Toddlers
Montessori Monday Link-Up
If you have some Montessori activity trays/lessons to share, please link up below. It’s fine to link up a post from your archives – and you may link up anytime during the week! Your post may be any Montessori-inspired activity or idea. It doesn’t need to be related to my Montessori Monday post. If you’re wondering what’s considered “Montessori inspired” and what to link up (or not link up), check out my “What Is Montessori Inspired?” post. Link up your exact post URL so that we can find your activity if we return to the linky at a later date (which I often do when I’m looking for activities for a roundup post). I publish the Montessori Monday post and linky each Monday morning and keep the linky open throughout the week. Please place the Montessori Monday button (using the code from the right sidebar) in your post or put a link back to this post. Let’s use Montessori Monday to gain inspiration/ideas and to encourage each other! If you would leave an encouraging comment on the post linked up ahead of you (along with any other posts you’re drawn to), that would be awesome! I’m not able to comment on every post, but I do a lot of pinning on Pinterest and sharing on the Living Montessori Now Facebook page from the Montessori Monday link-up. Thanks for participating! Notes For community discussions, please join us at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and/or Google+ Montessori Community. And don’t forget the Saturday/Sunday weekend sharing days where you may share a kid-related activity of any kind at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page! It’s also Motivational Monday on Mondays now! I invite you to share something positive on the Bits of Positivity Facebook page (Bits of Positivity is my other blog) to help us all get a good start on the work/school week. You might share an inspirational or motivational quote, positive graphic, or post about finding balance or simplifying your life. Or you might share a post on organizing, an encouraging post, a post about making a difference in the world, or a positive parenting post. Just go ahead and share on the Bits of Positivity wall any time today! (Please “like” the Bits of Positivity Facebook page if you haven’t already.) I’ll be pinning a number of ideas to my regular Pinterest boards. If you have a giveaway on your blog, please add it to my Family-Friendly Giveaway Linky Page! If you enjoy entering giveaways, you’ll always find some great giveaways there. Check out my AWESOME giveaway sponsored by Little Partners! Little Partners Learning Tower Review and Giveaway (ARV $200)! U.S., Ends Friday, 1114, 9pm PST. See the end of the post for an amazing $1800 giveaway hosted by bloggers from the Kid Blogger Network, including me!
Have you added the Montessori Monday button or a text link? Please be sure you’ve done one or the other so that others can find the link-up, too!
Festive Family Holiday Hop and Gift Guide Giveaway
I’ve partnered with 30+ fabulous bloggers to bring you a special holiday series packed with crafts, activities, and festive family traditions. We’ve put together a phenomenal giveaway to help knock out your holiday shopping. From 11/3–11/17, you will have the opportunity to win 1 of 4 prize bundles for men, women, kids, and babies! The 4 prize bundles, valued at over $1,800, include gift certificates, toys, jewelry, and more!
Gifts for the Season Posts from Festive Family Bloggers
- Festive Family Holiday Gift Guide Favorites ~ Gifts for Everyone on Your List
- DIY Toddler Play Activity Gift Box from Adventures of Adam
- Ten Things from Germany as Christmas Presents from La Cite’ des Vents
- Ten Things from France as Christmas Presents from La Cite’ des Vents
- Easy Gifts Kids Can Make from Hand Made Kids Art
- Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Crystal’s Tiny Treasures
- Green Gifts for Crunchy Mamas from All Done Monkey
- Gift Guide for Montessori Homeschoolers from Living Montessori Now
- Gift Guide – Birth to 18 Months from ALLterNATIVElearning
- The Ultimate Yoga for Kids Gift Guide from Kids Yoga Stories
- Simple Stocking Stuffers from Peace But Not Quiet
- Gift Guide for Promoting Healthy Development from The Inspired Treehouse
- Tips for Sustainable Gift Giving from Multicultural Kid Blogs
- ALEX Toys Holiday Gift Guide from Still Playing School
- Best Gifts for a One-Year-Old from Adventure in a Box
- Gifts that Help Kids with Independence from Sugar Aunts
- Grandparent Gifts Kids Can Make from The Chaos and the Clutter
- 25 Heartwarming Christmas Books from Fireflies and Mudpies
- Heirloom Advent Calendars from Are We There Yet?
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