"When you go into any early childhood environment you find a few standard items in every classroom; play dough, child size chairs and tables, building materials, Schleich animals, etc. These materials are developmentally appropriate and very versatile. In a Montessori kindergarten classroom, the Schleich animals can be used in a variety of ways in many different subject areas. A few of my favorite ways to use animals are through science and geography. We teach children about the concept of living vs. non-living, plants vs. animals, and cover the life cycles of several different insects and animals. Having a three dimensional model of these animals help us provide children with a tactile learning experience, allows them to practice the mathematical concepts of sorting without even realizing it, and can be used in practical life as an object to practice cleaning with."
---Emily Beadle, Kindergarten Teacher at Trinity Montessori Academy