Creating a Montessori classroom at home is actually pretty simple. Both of our boys went to a Montessori preschool and we found it to be the perfect program for them. I was sad when Brody’s time at his Montessori school was cut short because of the pandemic. So I went into high gear creating a Montessori classroom at home for him.
At first I used a lot of things I had around the house to create our at home Montessori classroom. Baskets, scoops, and some Melissa & Doug toys. We’ve always gravitated towards Montessori esc toys in our house so I had a decent amount to work with. But then I turned to Etsy and…well…the rest is history.
In the Montessori classroom items on the shelves are called “work”. The work varies from practical life (teaching things like washing, pouring etc) to science and math. Switching the work out monthly and with the seasons is a great idea. Think butterfly life cycle in the spring, wrapping presents in December, that sort of thing.
For our Montessori room at home I made sure to use all neutral colors in the room, like natural wood tones, beige and white. Keeping the colors neutral and consistent helps create a calm space. I picked up this wall hanging at World Market and it was a perfect fit!
We incorporated one work shelf, a small book shelf and a work table. Not shown is a basket with small white bath mats that I used as work mats. I also hung a piece of twine up along the window to display their art using clothes pins.
All in all I love the way it turned out, especially since we were able to use a few things we already had around the house.
Now listen, you all know I like to keep it real with you, so here it goes. Brody wanted nothing to do with the work (**insert crying face). In fact he was a little angry when I showed him the room. I was devastated. My oldest, Carter, is into it but it’s not really geared toward his age.
When Brody did choose work he often chose the play dough tray, which is one of my favorites as well. So at least there’s that. I didn’t have a ton of time to demonstrate or show him the room properly with the baby and distance learning for his brother. So we’re going to give it another go this fall and my hope is he warms up to it this time around.
I still have our Montessori playroom set up like this but have since switched the work on the bottom shelves to things our one year old will use. Which by the way, all of the work for her came from our LoveEvery boxes and we LOVE (seriously) all of it. High quality, age appropriate and perfect for a Montessori room.
One of my very favorite things we got for this space were the stacking stars. They are great for everyone in the house. Even the baby likes to play with them! You can find links for everything we got below.
If you’re giving Montessori at home a try I would love to see what you do! Tag me @the_lovely_mama on instagram, I’m always inspired by what you do.