I'm learning more about Montessori methods and I'm really liking what I see. I decided earlier this school year that we would set out to do a Montessori type preschool with our youngest and I thought I'd share with you some of the ways we've been implementing the Montessori methods through our preschool at home. Today, my post is about setting up a Montessori type space.
From what I understand, Montessori method is complimentary to Charlotte Mason methods in that you "prepare" for learning by enticing. Through Charlotte Mason, you "prepare a feast" through wonderfully rich literature and outdoor exploration among other tasty and satisfying morsels.
While Montessori also encourages the desire for learning, it's more about preparing the environment. Mommas who know more, please enlighten me! I'm still in the learning stages.
So, I'm sharing with you today my attempt to prepare a Montessori preschool environment in our living room.
This is basically a corner of our living room where we keep our books for the season we're in and our morning time basket. I chose this corner because it's a little nook that's lit with natural light from the window. It already had a little rug (we have hardwoods in the living room so I wanted a soft spot). It's the perfect little retreat for a preschooler. My youngest visits this spot throughout the day. It works for her and encourages her to learn.
She can learn about the season we're in here. We currently have spring books. She can grab her Melissa & Doug letter puzzles and work them. (This item, I rotate out with something else she can do independently.) I like Melissa & Doug toys because they use wood which is of course a natural element.
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She also has nature jars she can study and a plant she can water and watch grow. Most of the time, she spends time looking out the window into the backyard at our butterfly garden and observes the daily behavior of our back yard birds. :)
In addition, I place our history timeline cards we work on for the week under the window because they have fine art prints on them and I keep some musical instruments in this place as well.
Pretty much anything your babies can learn with or that would spark their curiosity could go in your Montessori area. It doesn't have to be in your living room, either. I wanted to create a special place for her to play and explore in the house near where we would be doing learning with her older sister.
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