I became extremely interested in Montessori about a year ago. At the time and over the last year we spent a good amount of time applying a Montessori overlay to our home. We also spent a lot of educating ourselves on the philosophy with the hope of homeschooling our boys (3 years and 1 year old).
I was extremely frustrated with trying to fit a Montessori space into our already established home. I desperately wanted a fresh start. Well, I got the opportunity when we moved just over a week ago.
To us it means simplifying the space (e.g. rotating materials in and out), creating a space in which the boys can access whatever they need to work and play, including shelves with sensory exploration (e.g. discovery bottles), language and writing (e.g. first words puzzles, alphabet blocks, tons of books and a writing center), culture (e.g. a world map), basic reasoning and logic (e.g. building blocks and matching/sorting materials) and pretend play (e.g. kitchen and puppets in their reading corner). There is also a music basket and nature brought into the room via a basket and plant.
We still have a lot of work to do refining the area but we’re happy with the results so far.
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