how it works
It’s based on the idea that children have a natural desire to learn, but they need to be given a certain degree of freedom to choose to do so, with gentle guidance and encouragement instead of strict rules. This is what allows them to really thrive!
At a Montessori school and at home, it is beneficial for a child’s development to let them choose play and learning activities that line up with their natural interests and to explore them at their own pace, so as they grow they can confidently make life choices.
Early Childhood Education in Montessori Schools
Montessori schools allow pupils to choose which activities they would like to work on and take part in – this is how the learning process differs from a traditional school. Generally, in a Montessori classroom, children are given the choice of what to do from a range of materials that have been carefully considered to ensure they’re appropriate for the child’s stage of development, such as materials aimed at improving their senses, motor skills, and cognitive ability.
Most Montessori classrooms are mixed-age classrooms, with children ages 0 to 3, 3 to 6, etc. Children attending these schools will work on their own and in groups, letting the oldest help out and guide the youngest if they are having difficulties. The classrooms are supervised by a Montessori teacher, who must be highly trained to ensure they can offer suitable activities for each individual child.
What is Montessori in the Home
Montessori education relies on the fact that children are very capable of self-direction when given the right guidance, and the same applies to their home lives. The specifics of a Montessori home will differ depending on the age of the child, but generally, there is always a focus on giving them the freedom to explore child-proofed areas, keeping their things on low shelves so they can access them on their own, and allowing them to help with household activities such as cleaning – this way they feel like they’re contributing to the family.
What we do
toys & beds
On our site, you can find toys and beds designed with Montessori principles in mind. Montessori toys are often interactive and mentally stimulating, and are sometimes based on real-world objects to allow children to become familiar with what awaits them later in life.
They are also usually made out of wood, which encourages an appreciation for nature. Montessori beds are usually very low to the ground and lack railings, meaning children aren’t reliant on parents to get out.
learn to play
This lets them get up to play and move around as they please which is great for encouraging independence, but does necessitate that their room is fully child-proofed.