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
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!