My Top Ten Favorite Montessori Materials

There are so many beautiful materials, it’s hard to choose. Still, it was fun to sit down and try to narrow it down to my ten most favorite…the ones I wish I could have worked with when I was a kid!

10. The Sandpaper Letters – brilliantly enabling children to see, touch, and say (hear) a phonetic sound. It doesn’t matter what your learning style is, these have got you covered.

9. The Movable Alphabet – what a great idea! The first time I heard of it – without seeing it – I thought, “An alphabet that moves? How can that be?” Sure enough, it does.

8. The Golden Beads/Bead Stair – math has never been so hands-on or so satisfying. Plus, the beads can be used for truly endless types of math activities.

7. Pouring & Scooping Work – the perfect intersection of the child’s own desires, and the acquiring of a life skill. Kids can’t resist it. In fact, the first time I was ever in a Montessori classroom, I couldn’t stop watching while a child made bubbles in a bowl with an egg beater. I had never seen anything so cool in my life!

6. Nomenclature & Classification Cards – hmm, I wonder why I like these so much? I love the fact that Montessori kids can tell you the parts of a volcano, the sun, the moon, and the earth by the age of 5.

5. The Wooden Puzzle Maps – a fantastic way to teach geography, and like so many other Montessori materials, they’re beautiful as well.

4. The Checkerboard – fun, challenging, and clever. I never would have thought this up myself, but it works perfectly.

3. The Triangle Boxes – how I wish I had these in high school during my geometry class! Things would have made so much more sense.

2. The Pink Tower – it’s just so perfectly formed, each block proportionately smaller and smaller. Everything from the color to the shape of it just says “Montessori”.

1. The Binomial & Trinomial Cubes – I’ll never forget when I took the Montessori training, and the teacher was explaining how each side of each cube related to a term in the binomial and trinomial equations. A light bulb went on! I got it! I now understand those equations better than I ever did when I was in school.