While you certainly can make almost all of your own elementary Montessori materials if you wish, I decided to buy most of what was available to buy. The Montessori Elementary market for homeschooling families is still in its infancy and there is a lot right now that you still cannot buy. I looked at my list of what I needed and realized I had a ton to make even if I purchased what I reasonably could. Yes, there are some things that are available for purchase that are super expensive for what they are. I didn't buy those. As always, I think about my materials, the amount of labor it will take me to make something, and the end quality of the homemade product and weigh those things against the cost of purchasing the item outright.
In the case of the Timeline of Life I figured I was looking at the cost of two rolls of easel paper, many hours of labor (One person told me it took them 20 hours), and the cost of laminating something that size. Those two factors convinced me to buy. When I looked at the cost of the timeline at Montessori Services I realized that for not too much more I could buy the Basic Human History Set instead which included everything that came with the Timeline of Life itself (Control Timeline, Mute Timeline, Picture Cards, Era Labels, Book: Paleozoic Era, Book: Mesozoic Era, Companion Cards) but also a long list of other things that were on my list of things to make:
- The Long Black Strip
- The Clock of Eras
- 5 Creation Lesson Posters (for God With No Hands)
- Posters for Age of Mammals, Reptiles, and Fish
The posters are handmade batik on mulberry paper. They are very beautiful in person.
For similar reasons I also chose to buy the Advanced History Set.
That set includes the Timeline of Early Humans but also the hand chart and the Native American Card Set.
I have been very busy this week making materials. I am trying to put together all the materials needed to complete the scope and sequences for fractions and geometry. I spent many hours this week making the 19 fraction charts and putting together a fractions cabinet. I will share when I'm done!
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