After understanding the concepts of the Montessori method, I was excited and started looking for ways to implement this method at home. As initially, I was reluctant to admit my kid at such an early age into the school and also there were no good Montessori schools in the nearby distance to my house. So my search for methods to implement the Montessori Environment at home became little exhaustive and this article is all about my learnings from that search and the lessons I learned from my mistakes.

Dr. Maria Montessori had observed and stressed the child’s inner developmental need to gain independence in all her lectures and books. If one is observant of the feelings expressed by the child after attaining the independence in any activity, they are absolutely priceless moments. As the child would be expressing absolute bliss and delight after they conquer some skill. Don’t you all agree that as a parent, we are delighted in capturing those moments in our mobiles?

Montessori is just not limited to the classrooms and this method is not that complex that, one needs to be a certified Montessori teacher to bring Montessori philosophy into our home environments. It’s all about how we create the “Prepared Environment” depending on the age of our child in our homes.

“The man who does not live in an adaptive environment can neither develop his faculties normally nor learn to know himself.”

– Dr. Maria Montessori

The moment one hears the word “Prepared Environment“, it looks like it’s going to take a lot of effort and money and deters most of the people from implementing the “Montessori Environment” at home. But trust me, with little effort and time one can change the way the child will learn to do by him/herself. The “Prepared Environment” is nothing but a beautiful place/corner created in every room based on the child’s growing needs. In this place, the child is happy to explore, play and develop their habits, routines, and independence.

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How to set up a Montessori environment at home?

  1. Childproof everything: This is anyways the first and foremost step we would take as the child starts crawling. So keep it that way, till the child reaches 5-6 years, where he understands NO means NO clearly.
  2. Choose the Child-Friendly space in every room: One can’t restrict a kid to one particular area or room in the house, as the child is free to roam around the house. So, we need to identify one corner in each room which is child-friendly space.
    • Ex: We can allot a small corner on the kitchen slab filled up with the kitchen toys for a toddler to have the pretend play, while we are cooking in the kitchen
  3. Low shelves or display units: Have a place around that corner in which we can display the work materials that are apt for that particular room. This would allow the kid to pick up that work which kind of interests him only.
    • Ex: On a small step stool, we can place the items/toys that the child would use in that particular room
  4. Simplify: Don’t overload this child-friendly space with too many toys or books. Keep things simpler. Too much stuff would create confusion in the child’s mind. So the best is to rotate the toys once in a while.
    • Minimalization is one of the important aspects prescribed in the Montessori method
  5. Don’t hover around the Child: The key factor in setting up this space is to let the Child be independent. So don’t jump and help the child if he/she has any difficulties in completing a task. Let them autocorrect themselves so that they would know how to overcome the problems.
  6. Include Nature: Try to get nature into the room, in the form of Montessori trays as per the season or the moods. Let the child touch and feel the natural elements like twigs, leaves, and plants.fy: Don’t overload this child-friendly space with too many toys or books. Keep things simpler. Too much stuff would create confusion in the child’s mind. So the best is to rotate the toys once in a while.
    • Ex: Please teach how to take care of a single plant and observe the beauty of the same on a daily basis to the child.
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Picture: Shrav’s work area in the GF room.

So here you go my dear friends, it’s really easy to implement the prepared Montessori Environment at home with little observation and planning. This prepared environment would help the child gain confidence and independence in a lot of areas. The life skills which these small spaces teach him are really valuable for him in his future.

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Author’s Note:

Dear Reader, this is the fourth part of the eight-part Montessori Method and its philosophy Series and please stay tuned for further updates on the same topic. You would get to read about How to refine your parenting skills as per Dr. Maria Montessori.

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24 Comments

prismaroundgurjeet · September 19, 2019 at 8:13 pm

this is really interesting concept

    shravmusings · September 22, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Thank you Gurjeet

      Kimberlie · January 31, 2020 at 9:50 am

      This post was informative. I love tips 4,5 and 6. I think my son does have too many toys in his main environments and that my husband and I hover too much. He adores nature and we try to give him extended periods outside and in natural settings.

      shravmusings · February 3, 2020 at 11:00 am

      Thank you Kimberlie

Rakhi Jayashankar · September 21, 2019 at 7:26 pm

The precautions to be taken are vividly explained. However I have a concern about the social skills of these kids if they don’t grow up with friends

    shravmusings · September 22, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Yes, Rakhi that is the main reason why the playschools have cropped up to provide the required social interactions to our kids

Pratibha (Prats) · September 22, 2019 at 4:53 am

I feel these tips are good even for identifying a work space for adults or students. Lovely post.

Jade · January 25, 2020 at 8:02 am

It is a great idea to introduce this concept in the home. Great life skills!

Therose · January 25, 2020 at 8:17 am

I like the Montessori method. The way things are organized helps the child make discoveries and learn skills independently. Sometimes I set out trays with Montessori inspired activities and my daughter likes them. Thanks for sharing.

    shravmusings · January 25, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you for dropping by and nice words.

Kimberlie · January 25, 2020 at 10:57 am

Learning about the Montessori school model was one of my favorite parts of my teacher preparatory program. The ideals proposed in the Montessori method help to encourage independence, creativity and problem solving skills. I wish it could be implemented, even on a small scale in all school programs.

    shravmusings · January 25, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks a lot and Yes I too agree with you. Learning about Montessori methodology opened my eyes.

Maria Miller · January 30, 2020 at 7:39 pm

Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

Faith · January 31, 2020 at 12:28 pm

This is a very informative post. I am interested in Montessori but somehow I find it difficult to truly implement its methods. Thanks for your tips!

    shravmusings · February 3, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Thank you Faith for dropping by!!

acgougler · January 31, 2020 at 6:26 pm

I love these tips. We have low shelves behind a door in our living room shelving unit to allow our kids fun stuff and books in our main living space!

    shravmusings · February 3, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Thanks a lot Amy for visiting and showing the blog love

Lindsey | Greenmamalife · February 1, 2020 at 8:05 am

I love the Montessori aesthetic! Great tips!

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