I love all things Montessori. If you let me,
I will probably talk your ear off, discussing
how amazing I think it is.
The only problem I have with Montessori
is it is so, so expensive.
O is at an age where she is really into
counting and numbers. I wanted her to
be able to do math using Montessori methods,
however the hubs and I were not ready to
part with hundreds of dollars for beads.
I found an idea at Montessori Messy
and I sort of expanded on it.
Perler beads = cheap + variety of colors + not as labor intensive as stringing my own beads
This is what a true Montessori Bead set looks like.
These are my perler bead version.
Yes, yes, yes. I know,
it is not an exact replica.
But those beads above cost way more than my version.
I also had plenty of beads to make the squares, too.
I am not going to lie, this was tedious business.
It took a very long time to sort the beads, and
line them all up. However, I think it was worth it.
O was with her grandparents, and I had hours
upon hours to do nothing but sit and watch tv and
make bead squares and rods :)
What is the big deal with these beads you ask?
If you care to read up on them, here are a few sites.