Montessori room by Roots and Harbor for KidsOclock

How to create a Montessori environment

Try and keep things accessible and simple. Get down to your child’s physical level and observe what they see around them. Can he reach his books? Can she reach the sink? What can they see? This should help to prepare you for the following steps:

  1. Appropriate furniture: this could mean installing shelving in your spaces for your child, whether it’s for easy-to-reach books, their toothbrush or access to a plant to observe and nurture. Equip the bathroom and kitchen with a small step so that children can easily join in practical life activities such as baking, kitchen preparation and basic self-care, such as hand washing. 
  2. Less is more: the leading question we should ask ourselves when choosing activities is, “what is my child working to master right now?” Spend some time observing your toddler or child. Emphasise their interests by having activities based around them. Lots of toys are unnecessary.
  1. Declutter and organise: arrange a few striking activities cohesive with your kid’s current skills and interests. A shelving unit with a couple of baskets for loose play and a few of their favourite toys or a musical instrument. A bookshelf or reading area. Keep anything else in easy storage, whether that’s craft supplies or puzzles – show your child where and how you are organising and storing, this way, they have access when necessary and we are teaching them to take care of the space around them.
  2. Easy to manage: baskets with handles = easy to carry. Trays beneath an activity = easy clean-up. Cleaning equipment at hand = the independence to keep their space orderly.

So far, we have covered a basis to provide children with the opportunity to meet timeless needs: a need for respect, purpose, choice, time, and challenge. A need for practice, feedback, more practice, mastery and of course, the simple chance to contribute.