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In order to support your child’s autonomy, it is primordial to make your house as child-friendly as possible.
I offer you a series of blog posts and videos to help you to make your house Montessori-friendly.
I’m going to start with the hallway.
This room is where we gather to come in and out of the house.
It is often a tiny space where some much belongings need to be stored.
It is where your child is going to practise putting on his coat and shoes.
It needs to work for the whole family.
So what do you need?
First, have a look at your space and ask yourself the following questions:
Now, observe how your child uses the space:
In my opinion, every hallway will need:
I think that space works well when it’s uncluttered. We are lucky enough to have space in the bedrooms to store out of seasons items and shoes.
Having only 2 pairs of shoes and 2 different kinds of coats will allow your toddler to make choices.
And not having the out of season items available will save you from power struggles. Your child will not fight with you to wear his winter jacket on a hot summer day!
In our hallway, we have:
If you don’t have a dedicated hallway, you may want to use a child-size chair:
I hope these tips will help you to make your hallway Montessori friendly.
Let me know in a comment what space you would like me to show you next.
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Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.
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