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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…

Sensitive Periods from Birth to 6 - A Chart and Guide

Dr. Maria Montessori spent her life observing, studying, and writing about children. During her lifetime of work she discovered that young children move through a series of special times when they are particularly attracted to specific developmental needs and interests. She called these times, sensitive periods. During the sensitive period, children learn skills related to the sensitive period with ease. They don't tire of that work, but seek it, crave it and need it. When the sensitive period passes, this intense desire is gone, never to return. 

That doesn't mean the skill is lost forever once the sensitive period is over. Instead, it just means that it will take a more conscious effort to learn. As Dr. Montessori explains, 
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"A child learns to adjust himself and make acquisitions in his sensitive periods. These are like a beam that lights interiorly a battery that furnishes energy. It is this sensibility which enables a…

Working from Home with Kids - A Montessori Schedule

One part of my life that I haven't talked a ton about here on The Kavanaugh Report is how I'm a work-from-home parent. Eight years ago I started to work at home while parenting full time. For the first several years, I worked as a legal writer while maintaining this space on the side. When Gus was born, I moved into working on sharing our Montessori life full time. It has blossomed into a full time career sharing content here, teaching courses, and now the podcast! Through it all, my kids have been home with me. 
This all seems more relevant to so many of us now that Covid-19 has closed schools and forced parents to stay at home and work while caring for children. I'm not going to lie - it's tough. It's hard to balance work and kids, especially when children are used to a completely different routine. But, it's not impossible! And, it can even be enjoyable. 

As I talk about in my podcast Shelf Help, we block our days into 3 hours groups. It helps me remain fle…