I discovered Montessori and I think I might love it. I need to study more, but I’ve been reading blogs and Facebook chatter, and I think I have some of the basics down pat. I think this is the learning/living philosophy I want in my home.
Why I Love Montessori
I’m drawn to Montessori because part of being an eco-conscious parent is having less cheap crap from China. Montessori praises simple learning toys made out of natural materials and products. Often I see wood toys, metal toys, or hand made toys for Montessori children to learn and explore. This is perfect. This is more sustainable.
I’m drawn to Montessori because at Christmas I decided I didn’t want to bring flashy toys into the house; the type with batteries and obnoxious phrases and songs. This was a decision I made for several reasons.
- I hate buying batteries.
- I am sensitive to sounds and noises, that type of chaos = overload = mama breakdown.
- Batteries + Cheap Electronics + Plastic = Definitely not an eco-parent moment.
- My child has more fun playing with random things in the kitchen.
My beginners quest in Montessori has me falling more and more in love each day. I love the simplicity. I love the respect for the child. I love that the child leads their own development. I love that Montessori means my house is our house. I love the responsibility to the child. I love the independence.
I’m slowly phasing in the Montessori lifestyle. It is easily overwhelming and I’m not ready to turn my house upside down. It’s perfect timing because Walter has started crawling and with his adventures I am slowly working on creating our home as a prepared learning environment, and full of ‘yes space’s.’
We have a few battery operated flashy toys that were given to us. We will continue to use them in moderation and phase them out as we grow out of them. In the meanwhile, new toys are of Montessori mind and method (the best I can). We don’t have many toys to begin with so this is easy.
I also made him a little work space. I didn’t have a work mat like traditional sense, so he can use these mats in the meanwhile. I turned the mirror on it’s side and then trimmed down his toys. He interacts with the few toys he has much more than he used to. *win*
I learnt about treasure baskets at a Montessori open house. My understanding of treasure baskets is that they are an assortment of small objects of interest to the child. The child is handed the treasure basket to explore new things and part of the world around.
I put together my first treasure basket the other day. Walter is drawn to metal objects. He collects them, finds them, and holds onto them when we are in other spaces and places. I thought it would be fun to put together a basket of metal for him. It was a huge success. He loved and I kept it out for a couple of days. Over time he learnt he could hit the spoon inside or outside of the metal tube and it would make the most beautiful noise. It was such an amazing opportunity to watch him.
I recently put together a basket of yellow objects. Not nearly the same success. I think Walter really likes to make noise and this box didn’t really have any noise makers in it. Things to keep in mind for next time.