As I mentioned last week, today was the day that I was able to go visit my friend's 10 year-old daughter's homeschool and buy some no longer needed materials from them. The above photo is what I brought home for $50.
It was really fun to poke around and see how her learning space was set up. I saw many neat things I want to duplicate someday. For example, she rigged the shelves second-from-the-top on their bookshelves with the roller tracks for kitchen drawers. Several of these shelves had aquariums for different animals on them (hamsters, salamanders, etc.,) and she can roll the shelf forward to get in the top to care for them. The boys held hamsters and parakeets today. They also enjoyed the aquariums with the salamanders and frogs. They played in shaving cream, did wild things with play doh, looked at two science experiments that had been completed that morning, and played with a robot that she built.
I came home with the following:
- colored bead bars (homemade paper, enough to use to do the bank game)
- stamp game (homemade)
- small bead frame
- bank game
- cursive sandpaper letters
- basic wooden grammar symbols with box
- Montessori Research and Development Manual: Language Arts, Elementary, Vol. 1 (go with the grammar boxes)
- grammar filling boxes (homemade, already filled)
- grammar command boxes (homemade, already filled)
- NAMC Physical Geography Lower Elementary Album with CD
She has the following that they are still using, but anticipate being done with before I would actually need them:
- Multiplication and Division Bead Boards
- Fraction Circles
- All of the Reading Analysis boxes
- large bead frame
- test tube division
- volume box with 1000 cubes
I will hold off on ordering those items until I actually need them. She never owned any of the bead chains and is not parting with any actual bead materials. Now I get to sit down and try to figure out what I have left to order.
Does anyone have any opinions on the following:
- If I have the basic wooden grammar symbols, will I miss having having the solid grammar symbols (the ones that look like the geometric solids) or are those really not necessary?
- Will I be happy with homemade seguin boards?
- I believe the 100 and 1000 chains are part of the "complete bead material" that goes in the cabinet. Am I correct?
- Can the number cards that come in my bank game double as the large/small number cards (1-9000)?
- Can the wooden strips that come with the addition board also be used with the subtraction board if I make my own subtraction board? Will paper strips (if I make it all myself) be more difficult to work with?