I wanted to share with you today a few changes that we have made in our house to make it more kid friendly. After reading this book, I fell in love with the montessori method. I don’t follow it 100%, but I love the concept and try to implement it as best I can. I’ve realized that the home needs to be a place where children can explore and learn, without getting into trouble for it! I’ve moved dangerous things to unreachable places and kept interesting/safe things at their level so they can find it and play with it. We keep the shelves open and neatly arranged with things. My girls love to go in the kitchen and play with the bowls and tupperware. I’ve moved the canned foods to the bottom shelf in the pantry and I often find Felicity carrying little cans to another location and stacking them very methodically.
One of the main concepts of Montessori is to help the child become independent and self-driven. I try to provide opportunities for the girls to do things by themselves. Felicity loves helping me put the laundry in the dryer, and Annamarie helps fold and put away. Annamarie is also cracking & whisking eggs now! These practical life activities bring so much satisfaction to them. It’s adorable seeing the proud smile on their face when they complete something! I recommend you read this book if you’re interested in learning more!
Pictured below is a little work/play area for the girls. Both tables were hand built by me. One of my hobbies, I like to build furniture!
So as you can see, most of their things are within reach so they can choose an activity & get playing whenever they want!