The Montessori materials look expensive, and some individual items do seem expensive.
However, all the materials needed for a program don’t really cost that much more than what is required to set up any other program. It does cost money to set up a program from scratch.
However, a significant difference between Montessori materials and other goods is that Montessori materials generally don’t need to be replaced. Quality in design, purpose, and craftsmanship make a material that should last indefinitely if not abused. There are Montessori materials made in the 1920s and used every day by the children which have passed through three generations of teachers and are still beautiful and in use today.
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Reference: Montessori World Educational Institute www.montessoriworld.org