Montessori Madness ~ Montessori Space at Home

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We live in a small town house. Our school area is in our living room and is tiny and as a result, I’ve had to modify our Montessori space quite significantly. We had a little shoe shelf that I converted into a tray shelf for the girls to share. It was too small so I added a small 2 tier wooden shelf on wheels (it used to stand in our bedroom with a TV on it). Fifi’s trays now stand on the shoe shelf and Pixies trays on the wooden shelf underneath our router and my colour printer. I’ve repurposed a large baby blanket to use as a cover when we are done with lessons and to help minimise dust.

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Here are many examples, with links, from other bloggers who have shared their Montessori spaces.

This is my favourite classroom setup, one day I’ll have the space to do something like this for the kids. Homeschool Room Tour Fall 2014 by 1+1+1=1
Not much has changed since our last homeschool room tour here {which also has a video}. But there are a few changes, and I will focus on those in this post! Our Homeschool room has evolved greatly over the years. Here’s a look back, for those of you who like to see how I got to where we are now.

How to Set Up a Montessori Space at Home by Living Montessori Now
Setting up a Montessori space at home is something any parent can do – because it can be designed to fit any home and any family. A Montessori space is especially helpful for toddlers and preschoolers, but it’s helpful at the elementary level as well.

How to Set Up a Montessori Homeschool Classroom by Living Montessori Now
We loved our Montessori homeschool experience! Just adapt your Montessori classroom to your home situation, and have fun following your child!

My Homeschool Classroom by Montessori for Everyone
I thought I’d start by showing you a picture of my living room – should I say, “former” living room! I explained to my husband when we started homeschooling that whatever is important to you is reflected in your house, so if homeschooling was important to us it was okay to devote our living room to it. (We still have a family room for play & TV.) Somehow he understood my rationale.

Montessori Homeschool Setup in a Small Space by Child Led Life
I am excited to be hosting a 5 part series at Trillium Montessori on our Montessori homeschool setup in a small space. We have lived all over the country and creating new Montessori spaces for our children in all types of homes has been a fun adventure for me. I hope you will join us at Trillium Montessori each Monday in the month of September for a tour of our one bedroom apartment setup.

Our homeschool room! by Barefoot in Suburbia
When we built our house earlier this year, we finished the basement, with the intent on using a quarter of the finished basement as a homeschooling room. The space worked out wonderfully and it is exactly what we needed! We can easily fit our three children in there and they work fairly harmonously, and we can likely fit 1-2 guest children as well (we have a few friends that also want to homeschool using Montessori ideas, and so we’d love to have them over to work too!)

A Montessori Homeschool Classroom by Montessori Mischief
Our Montessori home has changed significantly in the past six years. Not only have the children grown older and changed in terms of their needs, we have lived in four different houses! For example, when we lived in Dallas, I had a kitchen with a lot of space. I could fit a toddler table and chair set inside, and I had an extra cabinet just for kid stuff. When we moved, the new kitchen was a mere sliver. The toddler table and play kitchen lived in the dining room instead, and the play kitchen was converted to a cabinet where we kept the actual kid dishes and utensils. Even though it was not ideal, in my mind, it worked! And while having more space is nice, it didn’t define our Montessori practice.

Montessori at Home: 8 Principles to Know by Simple Homeschool
Montessori education is a philosophy and model created by Maria Montessori, the first woman physician in Italy, in the late 1800s. At its core, Montessori education is designed to promote peace and considers the whole child as well as the environment in its approach.



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