7 Little Ways to Create a Montessori Home Environment
Many families of young children are turning to Montessori methods when it comes to parenting. After all, it’s one approach that honors the child as an autonomous being and gives them the respect they are due. But how can we make space for our children in our homes without the place becoming one giant toy bin? This list of seven helpful tips will get you started on the right track.
1. Have a kid-friendly shelf or cabinet in the kitchen.
This is one of the simplest ways to encourage your child to be independent and show that you trust them. Starting when your children are toddlers and continuing until they are able to reach and use everything the adults do, set aside a small cabinet or drawer in your kitchen just for them. This is where you will keep child-sized plates, bowls, cups, silverware, and perhaps even a few cloth napkins. This will allow your child to get what they need whenever they need it; you won’t need to stop what you are doing to help them, and they can feel good about doing something for themselves.
Want to take it a step further? Keep pre-portioned snacks in the cabinet for your child to access whenever they want. Some families also designate an area of the refrigerator for this purpose, along with a small pitcher containing water or milk that little hands can easily pour themselves.
2. Consider a few minor additions to your entryway.
Getting out the door in the morning can be one of the most rushed and sometimes stressful times of day for families of young children. A few quick additions to your entryway can help make everything run a bit more smoothly.
Consider your child’s height and hang one or two hooks near the door just for them. Keep a small box or bin that they can toss their shoes into, thus keeping them contained, tidy, and easy to find when they need them. We have even seen some families hang a small mirror at child height in the same area. Taking these steps will help build responsibility, keep your home organized, and ease the frantic pace of many of our mornings.
3. Put most of the toys away.
This recent study covers the scientific reasoning behind why less is more. That said, it isn’t easy. Even if you are mindful of not buying your child too many toys (a feat in itself), there are always gifts from family members, party favors, and so many unpredictable little treasures that kids collect.
How can we manage all that stuff?