Montessori Elementary Homeschool Blog - with documentation of our infant Montessori, toddler Montessori, and primary Montessori experiences; as well as preparation for the upcoming adolescent Montessori homeschool years.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Cubing Material

Last week we received two large boxes of our final Montessori materials order. Turns out there will be a few more things that need replacing - sigh (my own fault for not checking!), but at least we have something for everything, in some state or another ;)

Some of the items we purchased ARE replacements; some are brand new to my son; and some are materials he has worked with elsewhere and only now has a set at home.

We had an open exploration morning with the materials - FORGET the "perfect" presentation - what better presentation than to JUST EXPLORE!?

We had SO much fun!

One of the first favorites was discovered when he was helping unpack the box of squares and cubes - it is introduced in lower elementary (around age 8) and continues into upper elementary - at least according to my albums and if a child is on top of the squaring and cubing concepts. There is obviously going to be a wider range of ages for various children - us adults in training loved these ;) But I have been astounded to hear time and again that this material isn't touched even in upper elementary - on a *routine* basis; and that many elementary teachers don't even bother getting the material because it is more appropriate to adolescence  REALLY!? Tell that to my (non-genius, totally normal) 8 year old son after our experience last week --- and all the children I've shown this work to in schools at ages 7-10. They won't tell you it's for adolescence!

As the styrofoam and bubble wraps was removed from each set of squares and cubes and put into place in the box, Legoboy suddenly said - "Wait a MINUTE! I bet this makes a PINK TOWER!" and proceeded to count how many there were ("darn! number 10 is missing! but I can make the rest of the pink tower!"), and started stacking them. I gave him a quizzical look and asked, "You're going to stack those up and it's going to become pink!? Really!?"

Note the styrofoam still all over the floor.
That stuff is a PAIN -
so we ignored it and got to work ;) 

He just looked at me, all serious, and said, "No." Then he paused. Looked at the half-done tower and said, "It looks like like the cubes from the bead cabinet. Wait.  You mean the bead cabinet cubes are the same as the pink tower, too? I didn't know that!"
Aren't those just the cutest little toes!? ;) 

(this is one of those aha! moments when a child who has already been demonstrating clear understanding of a concept for literally YEARS, suddenly "gets it" - the light bulb turns on and the child can VERBALIZE it; it makes us wonder if he didn't really get it before - but he did, it was just unconscious before - and by allowing the child the JOY of discovery, it is truly his own learning!)

He wanted to build it corner-aligned -
he likes that layout so the #1 can "fall"
down the stairs of the tower!


  1. Love it! I really would love to have the cubing material for our homeschool. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I keep putting out requests to various groups that make handmade items (Etsy teams I am on, etc.) but so far, no-one has come back saying they could do something like this for less than $200. Huge bummer. BUT. IFIT ( has it for the best price possible as of today. My only complaint is that the squares are supposed to be a slightly different shade from the cubes - and they totally match. NOT a huge deal, just a tad disappointing :)

      (yikes! I just checked and they've raised the price by $20 since I placed my order! I hope that doesn't happen again for a while! (it is possible it was on sale when I ordered too...))

    2. Oh how I wish I could afford these cubing materials! I'll keep a lookout on the site you have posted. Maybe a good deal will come along. Thanks for the great blog! We love Montessori!

    3. Be on the lookout for $250 - that's the lowest I've seen it.

      Also, it was stated in my training that the box is what adds to the price - the wood squares and cubes are the easy part.

      It's a worthy investment if you can get it - and while I've not seen it for resale yet, I would guess it has excellent re-sale value for the very reason that it is not often available! ;)