Monday, February 27, 2012

Montessori Services/For Small Hands Review & Giveaway!!

** This giveaway is now closed.
Congrats to the winner!**

I'm really excited about this giveaway because I'm reviewing my long time favorite Montessori supply store, Montessori Services and their partner site, For Small Hands!

You all have seen me link to Montessori Services time and time again. Why? Because I believe they are - without a doubt - the best place to get everything you need to complete and compliment your prepared environment. I'm talking about those wonderful details like baskets, tongs, trays, mats, & pouring kits. It's been my go-to place for those kinds of things ever since I heard about Montessori Services from the Directress at that the top Montessori school here on the island - she orders from them exclusively!

You'll see the materials I've purchased from Montessori Services & For Small Hands peppered throughout our shelves. I could go on and on raving about each and every thing we've ordered, but instead here's just a sample of my absolute favorites:

~pouring stars during our space unit~

We love this gorgeous cobalt blue pouring set. Maria Montessori believed a child's environment should contain beautiful things. This set of carved glass is just that. And it's just the right size for little hands.

MANY of you have asked where I find the tiny objects included in my alphabet box. Among resourcing my own personal collection of odds and ends, I look to Montessori Services to supply some of the particularly cute objects, such as these.

~sorting and transferring~
Trays and transferring tools are in constant use in our classroom. In the sorting activity shown above, the all white tray and three of the tools were purchased from Montessori Services: the mustard spoon, the sugar tongs, and the wooden tongs. PS: this little ladle is also a favorite of ours. :)

~transferring flowers during our St. Patrick's Day unit~

You all know my love of baskets and bowls. The reed baskets shown above, and these tiny maple bowls have been a mainstay on my shelves. They are just the right size for holding small objects for counting and sorting activities.

And last, but not at all least, these space flashcards. As a family of space geeks, James has multiple sets of space cards, but these are by far his favorite! The colors are vibrant, the photos are real, and the cards are thick and sturdy. Good stuff!

Montessori Services excels at Practical Life materials (their kits are fantastic!), but they also offer much, much more. You can find books on a variety of topics, art activities and supplies, kits and tools for your budding scientist, materials for elementary aged children, and for the youngest child, these wonderful books and toys.

Now for the giveaway! Montessori Services has offered to gift one of my readers a $50 gift certificate!! Wahoo!

Here's how you can enter to win:
Mandatory entry:
1. Leave a comment on this post.

Extra entries:
2. Visit Montessori Services or For Small Hands and leave me a separate comment letting me know your favorite thing in their store.
3. Like Counting Coconuts on Facebook and leave me a separate comment on this post letting me know you have/already do.
4. Follow Counting Coconuts and leave me a separate comment on this post letting me know you have/already do.
5. After today come back and leave me one comment per day on this post until the end of the giveaway.

A couple of notes:
:: All comments are moderated - they will NOT appear immediately after you post them.
:: Do not leave your entry comments on the Counting Coconuts Facebook page - they will not be included.
:: Regarding separate comments - each entry will be counted as a chance to win. If you put all of your entry requirements into just ONE comment, you'll only have ONE chance to win.

This giveaway ends at 9pm (Atlantic Time) on Saturday, March 3rd. The winner will be announced the following day.

Good luck, everyone!


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Marnie Craycroft said...

I follow you on Facebook!

Marnie Craycroft said...

I love, love all the manipulatives on Montessori Services site!

Marnie Craycroft said...

From For Small Hands, I like the Eco Education section. I have Earth Day on the brain so I love all of it!

ksimone1 said...

I like you on facebook

ksimone1 said...

I would love to win this! I just started to homeschool Montessori my youngest and would love to have this to help out! Thanks for the giveaway

ksimone1 said...

I just went and took a look at Montessori Services website and there are so many awesome things, I want a ton of things from there, but I think right now my first choice would be Get to Know Rocks and Minerals set. Looks great.

Orchard View Academy said...

I have to say my absolute FAVORITE Montessori item is one that we purchased through For Small Hands is the glass pitcher with lid. I love letting my girls fill their own glasses. Since putting out a tray with this pitcher full of water and glasses, my girls not only drink more water throughout the day, I don't have to fill their cups every 30 minutes anymore. It is the perfect weight and Maria Montessori was truly right about the use of glass as a control. They can hear it clank if they let the pitcher hit their glass. Even my two year old uses it independently. Love it!

Kimberly said...

I would love to win! Thank you for the opportunity!!

Kimberly said...

There are so many fantastic things they sell - it's hard to choose a favorite!!! However, those "Imaginets" are awfully cute - we could even use them in the car!!!

Kirsten said...

I really hope I win this one!

catchingfireflies said...

Extra comment :)

veralevitt said...

Yay! We love Montessori services! Fingers crossed for a win!

Heather Young said...

Excited for this give away!

veralevitt said...

I am already a Facebook fan and repost all the time!

veralevitt said...

My favorite thing, and one I have been wanting to order for ages, is the miniature starter set. My kids really gravitate toward the small objects.

veralevitt said...

I am following your blog. It's one of my favorites :-)

forkerfarm said...

We love Montessori Services! I have had my eye on the cothes washing kit, it looks like fun!

forkerfarm said...

I already "like" your blog on facebook!

forkerfarm said...

I now follow your blog through feedburner/email. Thank you for sharing!

Mrs. Wright said...

Montessori Services is such a great resource! Winning the giveaway would be such a blessing to help my daughter set up Montessori-inspired activities for my granddaughter.

Darcey said...

My comment for March 3. Have a great weekend!

Vanda said...

I really like all of your montessori service stuff, it's soooo beautiful :-)

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