For twenty six weeks, every Monday, I will share with you a specific Montessori idea or concept, from A to Z. I share your MontessoriAbc on Instagram as well. Check here what every other Montessori accounts want to share for this week.
Last week, I have discussed the Absorbent Mind.
And this week, I have chosen "beautiful" as a starting point.
Maria Montessori told us:
the child must live in an environment of beauty
During the early years, the child absorbs what he sees, smells, touches and hears. So it's important to provide an attractive space.
Montessori recommended more than 100 years ago to decorate the classroom in a very simple and uncluttered way. She noticed that children were thriving if each material had a specific space. She observed that children were able to handling with care a few precious objects. She also noticed that children like art and the real world.
Knowing all of that, we can trust that our children deserve better than a childish and cartoonish nursery and playroom. Many recent studies have shown that children learn best in an uncluttered and in a more neutral environment.
A neutral space doesn't mean that you cannot decorate. But what you are going to choose for your home and child's bedroom or playroom is important.
So here are a few suggestions and inspiration
Children care for nature and they will enjoy taking care of a plant. House plants have many benefits for health and quality of air. You can add a plant on your child's toy shelf and as your child grows, he can start to water it.
Select child's safe frame and hang real pictures of what your child is exposed to. You can also introduce your child to art and choose a few Famous painting. It's great if those pieces of art are still realistic such as the Sunflowers from Van gogh or the beautiful gardens in the Monet painting.
ElternvonMars is such a beautiful account to get inspired by:
Montessori is not about having only wooden toys and specific Montessori materials. It is ok to work with what you have. Having a small selection of toys will make the space beautiful and less overwhelming already
Sarah from the Prepared Environment shares a lot about how to declutter.
Nowadays, we have access to so many beautiful books. It is so much easier to find reality based books and children's books that are amazingly illustrated.
If you want to learn more about why I choose mainly reality based books in the early years, read this blog post: Fantasy or reality? My favourite Montessori children’s books
Ted from Fredtedancompany shares often the books she chooses for her two children:
I used to love melancholic music and I used not to be concerned by the fact that we were constantly bombarded by stressful news. But children from very early on, are attuned to our own emotions and therefore will feel your melancholia, sadness or anxiety.
I encourage you to focus on positive songs and on filtering your adult's world in order to protect young children from concerns they have no control on.
I hope those 5 tips were useful.
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Carine Robin is a a mother of 2 children. She raises them the Montessori way. Originally from Belgium where she worked as a child psychologist for several years, Carine spent 6 years in Ireland before settling in in the UK. She qualified as a Montessori teacher 10 years ago and has since worked as Montessori teacher and preschool manager. She founded Montessori-family in 2011 to provide opportunities for parents to discover Montessori. She believes that it’s truly possible to implement the Montessori ideas at home to make your house and family life welcoming to your child, her needs and her thrive for independence. She offers parents & babies classes, toddlers playgroups; Montessori home designs, one to one support, parenting classes and online courses.
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