The gist is that it doing it together so he knew what was happening and where the old activities were going, helped him to feel a lot more secure and made him more open to donating the toys he was no longer interested in.
We say this to parents all the time. Don't try to replicate the classroom! A Montessori shelf at home does not have to look exactly like the photos you see in classrooms.
A typical school shelf won't have any open-ended play items, like the truck in the picture above.
They tend to have more purposeful activities with a clear beginning, middle, and end.
At home there's more time and space for open-ended, imaginative play so feel free to include your child's favourite toys on the shelf.
The main point of the shelf - to encourage independence and reduce clutter - will still benefit your child.
Putting a Montessori Shelf in the Bedroom
Nothing in Montessori discourages toys in the bedroom so if you like, you can include a small shelf with calming activities.
If your child wakes up in the morning and wants to play quietly in their room or you want to encourage a quiet period during the day, for instance when they're no longer napping, a few calming toys are perfect for this space.
The only tip we'd suggest is keeping anything out of the bedroom that might be overly stimulating.
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