This time next week Quentin will be four. It was time to examine his shelves.
As many of you know Quentin attends Montessori school Monday thru Friday. We don’t homeschool in any formal way. Now at 4, his materials are often ones that he has requested. He will sometimes say “I’d like to work with some new words”, or show an interest in a particular topic. We then make an effort to stock his shelves with those items. This isn’t to say that we rush out and purchase everything. But making time to really observe him and engage him in meaningful conversations will usually narrow down some ideas. Then we look for good quality. Also, the majority of his materials are homemade.
Here are Quentin’s shelves at 4.
Top row: sewing basket with current sewing project, Pink Series Language cards found here & DIY Stamp Game
Middle row: knitting basket with French knitting fork, nature exploring kit for the monthly subscription program we are enrolled in & moveable alphabet found here
Bottom row: Rhythm bells with DIY felt notes & music staff, chalkboard and chalk for writing & telling time cards found here
These are his favourites at four. Looking back at previous posts about his shelves makes me reminiscent. He has used this space for such a long time now and it is the same, but it is also constantly evolving. It follows the child like we do.
These are simply some of the things found on his shelves. I will post again early next week on his other materials and spaces around the house. Have a great weekend!
9 Replies to “Our Montessori Shelves at 4 ”
Love your blog and your instagram! Please i want to do sewing proyect with my daugther and i don’t know how start! Can you help me?? Thanks
Hello. Sewing is a fantastic activity for children as young as 18 months. Leave your contact info in the comment section of our Resources page and I can contact you to set up a plan to get your daughter sewing.
Thanks for sharing! My son will be 4 next month, so this was a timely post for me. I’m curious about the sewing project. Is it a kit? Is there a pattern for him to follow? Or is it free form stitching? Thanks!
It isn’t a kit. We put a design on the cloth (his hand) and he follows it around. He has been sewing for quite a while. When he was younger he did free form stitching. Now he enjoys sewing around a design.
This is lovely! My littlest is just a bit over three, so it’s nice to have a peak ahead at different activities that he may enjoy. Thanks so much for sharing!
Hello. I’m glad you liked the post. I also have posts on Quentin’s shelves and activities at every age including three. You can search in the search window or click on “Shelves” category on the right side of the screen.
Wonderful! Thank you!