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Introduction to Montessori at Home: Setting the Stage

Updated: Jan 14

The new year is a great time to set up your home to encourage your child's natural curiosity and love of learning. The Montessori method emphasizes fostering independence and self-direction in children through prepared environments. While you may not be able to recreate a full Montessori classroom at home, you can incorporate Montessori principles into your home life. Here are some tips to get started:

  • Child-sized furniture - Low shelves, tables and chairs sized for your child allows them to do things for themselves.

  • Accessible activities - Keep toys, books, and art supplies on low, open shelves your child can reach. Rotate materials to keep things interesting.

  • Orderly environment - Maintain consistent places for different types of toys, household items, etc. This helps kids learn to keep things organized.

  • Real-life activities - Provide real (but child-safe) versions of adult materials like dusters, plates, etc. to build life skills.

  • Uninterrupted work time - Set aside time for your child to work on self-directed activities without interference. Observation is key in Montessori.

  • Sense of wonder - Bring nature indoors with plants, and natural materials. Look for teachable moments in everyday activities.

  • Child choice - Allow your child to make developmentally appropriate choices, like which book to read before bed. This fosters independence.

The new year is the perfect time to Montessori your home! This encourages kids to be active, independent learners.

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