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If you're drawn to Montessori because of some of the popular benefits, like:
  • It promotes independence
  • Encourages a love of learning
  • Teaches care for the environment

BUT you're turned off by the fact that you need a perfect, beige playroom or all the "right" toys...Let me reassure, this a HUGE misconception about Montessori - especially in the home.Yes, Montessori classrooms are less colourful than most daycares but here's why (and why that's not so important at home).Montessori classrooms are designed to be stimulating but not overwhelming. They tend to keep the furniture, walls, and carpets more neutral to promote calm and focus.Instead, they let the toys and materials shine.

You can have a colourful playroom. You just want to make sure it’s not too overwhelming or distracting to your child.We want them to be able to easily find toys they're interested and engage in play.Because, when your child can focus on their toys, they tend play more independently and for longer.

Here's 5 ways to make your space more calming WITHOUT removing all the colour:

  1. Keep wall art simple (or remove it altogether)You might have noticed that Montessori schools don’t have alphabet or number posters covering the walls, like most schools.If they do have art on the walls, it's simple artwork or photographs of real things, hung at the child’s eye level.If you have a lot of busy wall art, consider simplifying it or choosing more neutral art pieces.
  2. Keep furniture neutralThe furniture in Montessori classrooms are made up of mostly neutral colours so that they’re a reflection of the natural world.Rather than bright, colourful, or plastic furniture, try to choose more neutral, wood furniture.
  3. Rotate toysMontessori classrooms have plenty of colourful toys and materials but there's a limited amount available at any given time.To keep the classroom interesting and stimulating, materials are rotated out when children lose interest in them.The materials that are available are neatly organized in trays and baskets so children don't feel overwhelmed by all the stuff available to them.You can read more about toy rotation here, if you're interested.
  4. Save colour for active areasConsider how you want your child to use a space. A more simple, neutral space promotes calm and focus.Whereas, lots of colour is great for active areas of the home and backyard. For example, if you have an indoor gross motor area with a climberbalance boardstepping stones, etc, this is a great place to add colour.
  5. Don't be afraid of a little beigeSometimes we, as adults, think children want all the bright, loud colours or that beige is "boring".This is just one those things we project onto our children. If a child is bored in an area of their home, it’s unlikely that it’s because it’s not colourful enough and more likely that it’s because there aren’t interesting materials/toys for them to explore and work with.Removing distractions and extra toys is only likely to enhance play.

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