The Montessori Shelf

The shelf is an essential part of a child’s prepared space. Although you can find many options that are labeled “Montessori shelf”. They are often expensive and ALL. LOOK. THE SAME. I prefer to have the child’s space reflect the design style of the family. The most common version of the Montessori shelf is a Scandinavian design. I think this has evolved for 3 reasons: It is characteristically minimal, functional, with clean lines Scandinavian design Continue Reading …

Montessori Themes and why we don’t use them

For so many homeschool education programs for toddlers, preschoolers, or elementary age children, offering themes is recommended. This is also common in many schools. However, in Montessori we rarely use a theme. Themes are often used to help the adults keep order to their lessons or to support the adults’ ideas of what and where to prepare. In Montessori education, we find the monthly or seasonal themes get in the way of allowing the natural Continue Reading …

What to do for Halloween in 2020 🎃

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love making costumes 👻👻👻 for the kids and walking the neighborhood to see all the decorations. People get so creative this time of year! It’s like a celebration of our creative spirits. Rarely do we take time away from our busy schedules to create mystery and story in our front yards. This year will be different. I’m not making costumes this year. The first time in 15 Continue Reading …

Creating a Montessori Home

The prepared environment is the term used in Montessori to describe how each Montessori space is designed to enrich the lives of the people who use the space. SO you may ask, “How do you create a Montessori home?” In a Montessori school, each classroom is specifically designed to appeal to the age range of children in that class (a three year age span in Montessori). In a Montessori home, the family room and kitchen Continue Reading …