It has been eight months since we moved into our new home, and I’m finally feeling close to settled in our space. As I look around, I realize how deeply Montessori learning has influenced our way of living. Almost every room has been setup in some way with the goal of better including and engaging our children.
It was a transformation that started stressful, but as I look around now, I feel so much peace. Our home used to feel like one big competition with the kids – fighting for space, for freedom, for boundaries. Now it feels purposeful, inclusive and mutually enjoyable.
It took time, patience, trial and error to grow into this concept of a Montessori home. Here is a quick recap of the principles for a “prepared space” that guided our thinking.
- Freedom within limits: Rather than childproofing, how can we better include them in age-appropriate ways?
- Structure and order: How can we more thoughtfully present their belongings in a way that is not overwhelming nor underwhelming?
- Natural beauty: Where can we incorporate more naturally-appealing and calm aesthetics?
- Concrete reality: Where can we incorporate more items that better reflect the real world that they so intently desire to explore?
Every week I’ll add another look!
I’ll start here as it is fresh on my mind. I just rotated for the summer! I tend to rotate books seasonally since they love reading the same titles for quite some time, as opposed to their toys and activities that need switched up more frequently.
That’s it! We kept it simple, accessible, neutral, allowing the draw of this corner to be the beautiful books themselves. We opted not to cozy it up because we observed that the addition of floor pillows interfered with their reach to the bottom shelves, and the room’s main shag rug is cozy enough. The shelves are Ikea FLISAT. Now for better organizing the books that are NOT currently in rotation – that’s our current task!