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October 25, 2017

5 Montessori Changes to Make in Your Home Today

Much like in a Montessori classroom, creating a prepared environment at home is essential in assisting your child’s development. At home, simple changes can be made to aid in your child’s independence and concentration. When we make these changes our children have the opportunity to develop themselves through their own activity in the environment. 

This seems like really big, hard work! But, what if I told you it doesn't have to be that way? 

Two siblings play together in a Montessori inspired playroom with climbing dome, farm, and open shelving.

Make Your Home Montessori with 5 Simple Changes

It can feel overwhelming to move your home toward Montessori.  It can feel like we have to make all the changes at once, and then we end up not taking that first step toward independence. But, the most important thing is that we take a step, not all the steps. So, here are five simple changes you can make in your home to move toward Montessori. 

These ideas are meant to help give your children more control, more independence, and more joy. You don't have do all of these at once. But, pick one to try today! Just one step at a time and you can create the Montessori home you have been dreaming about. 

  1. Put a selection of books in a basket in an accessible location. This helps children learn to make choices, but also return their materials to where they go. A limited number of books keeps them from getting overwhelmed. 

  2. Add a slip-resistant stool to your bathroom: hand washing, toileting, getting in and out of the tub, all of these are possible with a stool

  3. Hang a low hook in your child's bedroom to hang a coat, robe, or other clothing item. Makes things accessible, helps children become active participants in their own care. Plus they can put it away on their own, helping to keep spaces more organized!

  4. Store your child's shoes in a basket, low shelf, or tray in your entry way. Creates order and predictability.  

  5. Place a small pitcher of water and a cup at your child's height. Imagine how good it would feel not to need to ask for your basic needs to be met, but to be able to meet them on your own!

Montessori at home allows children independence in the kitchen. Here two preschool children sit in their kitchen preparing lunch together.

Give your child one opportunity for independence by creating a Montessori home. It is so important. These five changes easy and inexpensive. They don't take up a lot of space or time. You've got this, start your Montessori journey here. 

There are so many advantages to using Montessori at home. But it can feel really overwelming for parents to start. Here are 5 simple things you can change in your home to make it more Montessori.

Which one will you pick today? 


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Elizabeth said…
Love this idea for a series! I try to be follow some Montessori principles at home, but sometimes it can seem daunting. Breaking it up like this is so helpful!
Unknown said…
We are turning our home more Montessori-friendly, step by step. From your list, we just don't have the pitcher of water. I guess we are in the good way.. :) thank you for sharing with us your journey as a Montessori family :)