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Montessori

At the turn of the 20th Century, Dr. Maria Montessori set out to study children in poor neighborhoods in Italy. What she discovered has become a parenting and educational revolution that has spread throughout the entire world. Dr. Montessori discovered that children are born with the power to discover, grow, and learn completely on their own. They have the tools within themselves, to become the best person they were meant to be, if they are in the right environment. However, she also discovered that there are adult-created obstacles in the way of a child reaching his/her full potential.
Montessori started as an educational system but has become a lifestyle. It has become a way to raise children, from birth, to allow them to blossom at their own pace, discover their own interests, develop deep concentration, and become fiercely independent. This happens through the creation of a prepared environment, respect from an adult, and a focus on following the child.

What is Montessori? 

For our family, Montessori has become our way of life. It is how we structure our home and raise our children. It influences the consumer products we purchase, our home design, our discipline, and how we educate our children. It has been my life's greatest joy watching our children become exactly who they were supposed to be, at exactly the time they were supposed to be! Montessori is joy, Montessori is peace, Montessori is our life.

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The Ultimate Montessori Toy List -- Birth to Five -- UPDATED 2017

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!

2017 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…