If you are looking for Montessori Materials for a Montessori classroom please visit the webshop https://montessorimaterials.ie . The toys in this section have Montessori features such the element of discovery, self correction and isolation of difficulty. Reading , Writing and Maths are not part of the child’s natural learning they must be taught to the child. Indirect preparation is important. Building listening, speaking, gross motor and fine motor skills, concentration are all incremental building of a skill set for reading, writing and maths. The Play and Learn ethos of education is not at odds with Montessori Education. Maria Montessori observed that children prefer doing the real thing rather than pretending to do it. A child prefers to cut a real loaf of bread with a real knife rather than pretend to cut a wooden loaf of bread with a pretend wooden knife. A Montessori classroom is a community of individuals learning by choice at their own pace. If you are looking for Educational Toys in general the toys in the Lets Grow webshop are used in Play and Learn Preschools.