by Laura Berthiaume November 09, 2021 3 min read
If you’ve ever seen pictures of a Montessori classroom, you’ve probably noticed that most of the toys and materials are organized on shelves, like this:
There’s a couple good reasons Montessorians use shelves and not toy box boxes:
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.
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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