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October 30, 2020

What's on Gus' Shelves at almost 4?

I can't believe that in less than a month, sweet baby Gus is going to be 4-years-old. Time really flies! I thought I would share some of the things that have been on Gus' shelves over the last couple of months. Gus is my only child that is going to school (with precautions) in person. So, these are things that support his interests but aren't necessarily traditional Montessori materials. 
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1. Tool Kit Builder: he uses this to make patterns with the blocks and screws. The set allows for 3D building which is also fun!
2. Halloween punch and some black paper:  The shapes have been fun to glue! 
3. An old DIY for Autumn: this is so great for finger strength and control
4. Magnetic Sort - a bunch of things to sort into magnetic or non-magnetic

5. Sandpaper letters - I rotate between these as we talk about letters and letter sounds 
6. Transparent pattern blocks - These are great for talking about shapes, but also just building fun patterns together
7. Small sensory bin - gems and some glass beads plus some recycled containers 
8. Ikea Worker Truck - the underside of the shapes are magnetic and Gus just loves this toy still (and has since he was a tiny toddler)

You'll notice that all of these things are pretty simple! I find that after a morning at school, he really doesn't need a ton of extra work to do, but just a few simple things to explore. These materials are also in addition to our open ended play. Gus can often be found building with magnatiles, using a marble run, or playing with cars. I find a balance of open ended materials and tray work suits my children best at home. 

What is your older 3-year-old interested in?

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