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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 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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