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Making Montessori Objects for Reading
We have our sandpaper letters, our movable type and a little carpet. Lou is eager to kick reading in gear. Now all we need are some Montessori Objects for reading.
These are usually things Montessori moms hunt for all over, or they can be bought from Montessori Services. But I didn’t have the patience to hunt like that, and I didn’t think they would have all of the correct words that we wanted. I did however have a big block of Sculpey laying about.
A while ago I made this list. It collected dust on my desk for months. It’s day had come. We began sculpting.
The kids were eager to help, but in their own way. Sometimes contributing to the characters, sometimes creating flowers…
I made the bulk of the objects, with Lou poking eyes into them or decorating them. Our “hen” got about 50 holes poked in her, which only enhanced her look. As I sculpted I wrapped all tails against the little bodies so they wouldn’t break off:
It took a couple hours to do them all, spread out over a couple days. Then we baked them and painted them.
Painting them was chaos. I did not get any photos because there was paint everywhere. We just went with it, and after painting like crazy the kids moved on to other play while I finished them off. We put them in an old box:
Some of the words were hard to sculpt, like “hot” which we made a fire for. Ham was also an odd one. Lou had never seen an actual leg of ham so she made a flat blob which we painted redish-brown. Appetizing. (above the fan, middle right)
My favorite however was the Ant. He’s got an indifferent smile and lopsided eyes.
Here’s a much bigger list that we shall tackle one day: Montessori For Everyone’s Words
And here’s how they use them: Setting up Pink Series Work
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