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Montessori Home

Montessori is not just found in classrooms around the world, but also in homes. It is the goal of Montessori to create a prepared environment where a child's physical, psychic and developmental needs are met. We can do this in many ways, but our child must remain that the center of our approach.
"The child has a different relation to his environment from ours... the child absorbs it.  The things he sees are not just remembered; they form part of his soul.  He incarnates in himself all in the world about him that his eyes see and his ears hear." Maria Montessori
No two Montessori homes will look the exact same. And, there are no hard and fast rules for creating a Montessori space. But, there are guiding principals to keep in mind as you create your space. Here are some posts that may help you along the way!

Resources, information, and inspiration to create a Montessori home.

Creating Your Montessori Home

Our Montessori Home Room Tours 

Need inspiration to create your Montessori home? Check our Our Montessori Home Room Tour page! You'll find tours of rooms in our home through the years.

Resources, information, and inspiration to create a Montessori home.

Other Inspiration

Here is some other inspiration for you as your create your Montessori home!

Homeschool Classroom

For a time we were homeschooling, using a Montessori inspired approach. If you are interested in homeschooling, or are homeschooling, take a look at all our homeschooling spaces here:

Resources, information, and inspiration to create a Montessori home.

Looking for other Montessori resources? Don't miss our Montessori Page, for all things Montessori!
Resources, information, and inspiration to create a Montessori home.

Updated May 2017 -- this page will be updated as relevant posts are written. 

Popular Posts

The Ultimate Montessori Toy List -- Birth to Five -- UPDATED 2019

When you are interested in Montessori, it can be difficult to know exactly what types of products you should get for your home. Or which types of "Montessori" materials are really worth the price. There are no rules about types of products can use the name Montessori which can add to the confusion. Not to mention, every toy manufacturer slaps the word "educational" on the package for good measure!

2019 UPDATE: This post has been updated to include a variety of brands and new product finds! Just a reminder that no one child will be interested in all of this or needs all of this. These toys are just here to spark ideas and give you a feeling for some Montessori-friendly options available! 

So, with this post, I'm going to try to help with this confusion! Here's a list of Montessori-friendly toys and materials for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 

First, let's clarify that there is no such thing as a "Montessori toy." Montessori never created to…

Which Open-Ended Toys are "Worth it?"

As a Montessori parent, I try to provide a mix of materials in our home to engage my kids! That work that will spark joy, concentration, and repetition. It's not always an easy task, as Maria Montessori said, "Life is mysterious...only the choice of life can choose the work that the child truly needs. Therefore, the teacher respects this mysterious process and knows to wait with faith." So, there does sometimes feel like there is a bit of trial and error when it comes to choosing materials that your children need. 

For us, the right balance is easier to find when I spend time deeply observing my children. Watching their interests, sitting on my hands if I have to, letting them struggle a little with things, and letting them get bored. And what I have personally found is that here at home, a combination of open ended materials and more structured work have been the right balance. Open ended toys wouldn't necessarily be found in a Montessori classroom, but they are perf…

A Montessori Approach to Purging Your Toys

Becoming a Montessori family has been life changing in so many ways, most obviously with the amount and type of materials we use in our home. Once you see why having so many toys is a problem, or when you make the decision to move towards Montessori, it can be completely overwhelming. But, taking a Montessori approach to purging your toys is possible! And, it doesn't exactly mean that you have to throw away everything you have and start over with only expensive wooden toys. It will mean taking a hard look at what you have and whether it really fits with Montessori.

One note, however, Montessori is at its core about following your child's own path and respecting your child as a whole person. So, if your child has a toy, lovey, book, or whatever that your child super loves or is super attached to, but it doesn't fit Montessori ideals, don't take it away. Follow your child, that is more Montessori than whether or not you own some specific consumer product. 
How to Purge You…