HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR MONTESSORI HOME
Staying with the theme of minimalist living and Montessori this month, I want to talk a bit about how to organize your Montessori home. Organization is key when it comes to keeping your Montessori practices up at home.
There are many ways a Montessori home can look but there is one thing they all have in common. Organization. Montessori is best in distraction-free, decluttered, prepared environments. And because of this, Montessori at home has to come with some organization.
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The next 5 steps are going to show you exactly how to stay on top of your Montessori at home game.
How To Organize Your Montessori Home
Step 1 – Declutter
Having a distraction-free home is essential to your child’s development. When your child is overwhelmed and overstimulated with too many toys they are not likely to be able to concentrate. Keeping clutter to a minimum is the best way to move forward with your Montessori home.
Step 2 – Find or Create Open Low Shelving
Having open and visible shelves for your child’s materials is perfect for many reasons. First, it will help from having too many materials out at once (less chance of getting cluttered). Secondly, open shelves make the materials more accessible to your small child. They will not need to ask you for help to take a material out and start to work with it.
Step 3 – Start to Rotate Your Child’s Materials & Activites
This is another Montessori trick we do every 2 weeks in our home. Instead of buying all new materials every month we just rotate her materials out every few weeks. This really helps to keep the selection of toys to a minimum which will help your child from becoming overwhelmed with choice.
Step 4 – Stay on Top with a Montessori Planner
If you’re anything like me you love a good planner to organize your life. Well, it’s no different with Montessori. When you want to organize your Montessori home a planner is key! Keeping track of developmental stages, sensitive periods, new interests, rotation days, and all the other activities your child has going on can be exhausting. Without my planner, I’d never know what’s going on!
Step 5 – Follow Your Child’s Lead
I couldn’t possibly go on without mentioning the most important part of Montessori at home OR in the classroom, following the child’s lead. This is without a doubt the best way to help you organize your Montessori home. Without observing your child how will you know what they are interested in? What they like? And how they react to different works or environments. If you want to have the best materials and activities for YOUR child then you need to follow YOUR child’s lead.
What ways do keep your Montessori home organized? Share with us your tips and tricks in the comments below!
Montessori Quick Start Action Plan
Use this action plan to declutter your home and start creating a Montessori friendly environment today!