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February 07, 2017

5 Favorites at 5-years-old

One of the major tenants of Montessori is the idea that the adult must follow the child. While this means many different things in many different situation, when it comes to materials it means that children should be free to explore their own interests at home and at school.

When children are young, it can be a maddening guessing game trying to figure out exactly what your kids are into and where their interests lie. Thankfully, that gets a bit easier as a child gets older and more verbal.

Montessori child favorites at 5-years-old
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Henry is rapidly creeping closer to 6-years-old. And, before his birthday, I wanted to record some of his interests and favorite things! Here's what he had to say:

"What is your favorite art supply?" 

"Washi Tape"

Henry does so much with washi tape! He uses it to make books, bigger sheets of paper, to take notes all over the house, or fix things that need fixing. It's one of those "used on a daily basis" things around here.

"What is your favorite book?"

"The Magic Treehouse"

The Magic Treehouse series has been his favorite for about the past six months. We read the stories aloud each day and have been flying through them. As Henry starts to enter the second plane of development (at age 6), we have introduced more fantasy. This series has some fantastical elements while also providing a lot of real information. It's been a great introduction to chapter books for him.

"What is your favorite game?"


This is such a fun cooperative game! It's entertaining for Henry and for adults. It really makes him think and solve a problem in a fun way.

"What is your favorite toy at home?"


Lego is king around here! For Henry this is the one toy I never rotate. It's an everyday material. They are great for building fine motor skills, patience, and for stretching his creativity. Even though they are not made from natural materials, I'm guessing these bricks will be a favorite for a long time.

"What is your favorite work at school?" {Traditional Montessori Work}

"The maps" {Montessori Puzzle Maps}

Henry attends a public Montessori and has access to all the traditional Montessori materials there. Geography has been a favorite of his for a long time but we never had the traditional maps while homeschooling. Well, now that he's in school, he has fallen in love with these. Followed closely by the golden bead maths materials.

Montessori child favorites at 5-years-old

A child's interest are always growing and changing and it's been incredible following Henry's journey. I can't wait for all the changes and surprises that will come as he now enters the second plane. There are so many discoveries ahead!

What is your 5-year-old interested in? Do you find it easier to follow a child as he/she gets older?

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