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How to Create a Montessori Environment in Your Own Home

It took many hours of planning and YEARS of creating a Montessori environment but I believe it’s what makes our school one of the best preschools in Chula Vista.

I’m very proud of the atmosphere that we’ve created, but make no mistake, it took 25 YEARS of hard work to get to where we are today…and we’re still a work in progress. We’re constantly striving to find ways to excite your child and help them learn through the principles that Maria Montessori established.

With all of this experience under our belt, we wanted share with you how to create a Montessori environment in your home for your toddler or preschooler.

If you’re just visiting this article for the first time today, we described 10 different ways that you could transform your home to be inquisitive and to instill a love for learning.

So in case you missed it, here is a recap:

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Easy Recipes for Children - How to Make Cooking Fun for Your Kid

Here are five easy recipes for your kids to help with. Younger children may need a little more hands-on help, while older children will just need your supervision.

These simple recipes are for children to ensure that they have fun while cooking in the kitchen with you. Hope this brings you lots of joy with your little ones.

Here we go!

Pizza Bagels

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Montessori Kitchen

Montessori Kitchen

There was a time when parents, grandparents, and children would be cooking together in the kitchen, sharing family recipes, and hearing secrets passed down from one generation to the next.

This is still true in some cultures, but has unfortunately become a lost art in many American households. It’s often hard for busy parents to take time out of their busy schedule to even teach basic cooking techniques to their children.

Benefits of Practicing Montessori in the Kitchen

Yes, including your children in cooking requires time, patience, and some additional clean-up (especially with younger children). However, the payoff for you and your child is great!

There are many benefits to including your children in cooking activities. For example:

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Presentation of Montessori Toys

This is part two of “Montessori Toys.” In case you missed it, here is Part I.

Presentation of Montessori Toys

Playtime is about more than just having a big pile of toys for a child to sort through. Even if they are wonderful toys, they need to be presented to a child in a way that he/she can fully appreciate the toy.

Storing Toys

Storing Montessori ToysWe recommend that toys are stored on neutral colored toy shelves because they offer the possibility of displaying a toy in such a way that it attracts and lures the child to it.

Each toy should be washed often and have all of its parts. If a toy is difficult to store or keep neatly on the shelf, make an attractive box for it.

Each toy that has removable parts should have a beautiful small box for the storage of those parts.

Keep it Fresh! – The art of rotating toys:

Toy rotation results in better use of toys. This way, children always feel that some of their toys are “new.” Limit the number of toys on the shelves to 8 or 9 at any one time. Remaining toys should be stored accessibly.

As the child tires of certain toys they can replace them with a stored toy. Of course, if a child asks for a “stored toy,” he/she should be able to have it.

Putting toys away

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Montessori philosophy believes that choosing toys in a Montessori home should challenge a child’s interest and imagination, without being too difficult or too easy.

If your child destroys a toy, it is often because the toy is either too simple, too difficult, or is in a deteriorated condition. Toys should inspire a sense of joy, wonder or fulfillment as a child plays with them. (Of course, first and foremost, toys should be safe!)

Types of toys

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14 Household Chores & Activities for Kids

Posted by Edith On February 13th

There are many fun and creative ways that you can involve your child in everyday activities that will help them grow in their independence and creative thought processes. Below are some exercises that will provide a range of activities which allow children to develop:

  • Control and coordination of movement
  • Awareness of environment
  • Orderly thought patterns
  • Independent work habits
  • Responsibility

Even at an early age, your child can help perform tasks in your home environment, such as:

Scrubbing sinks

Small sponge or scrub brush and a small can of cleaner with only one hole uncovered.

CAUTION: Store the cleanser out of the child’s reach. With younger children, you can apply the cleanser and they can help scrub. Or, for older children, they can apply the cleanser and do everything themselves while you just supervise.

Helping unload groceries

Place grocery bags on the floor. Let your child hand you items, or let them put things away that are within their reach. CAUTION: Be mindful of cans or other items that are too heavy for a child.


Materials: Colorful flannel cloths (cut 6”x6”), small baby’s hairbrush, and a place to put the dirty cloth. Start by showing your child the dust and asking if he/she would like to be a helper. Show him/her how to wrap the cloth around his/her fingers and slowly, carefully wipe away the dust. Show him/her how to change the position of the cloth as it collects dust. The brush can be used to get into carved furniture, nooks, and crannies.

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Turn off the TV

“Books are good for children and TV is bad.” This has become as common knowledge to most as the fact that fruits and veggies are better for you then sweets. But, do you actually know why this is?

The truth is, that if your child spends great amounts of time watching television, they are deprived of some very essential parts of childhood, such as:

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How to Communicate With Children, Montessori Style!

Posted by Edith On January 16th

Communicate with Kids - Montessori Style

Effective communication between children and parents is so important in formative years (and even into adulthood!) Here are some things to consider when communicating with your child…and of course, we suggest communicating in a style that Maria Montessori would approve of.

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Montessori Reading Materials

Reading with your child is one of the most important things you can do to help them develop their reading and language skills and to encourage imagination. It’s also a wonderful way to spend quality time together.

Montessori Reading Materials & Types of Books to Read
For children under four years old, true stories are a must. Very young children devote their energy to exploring, ordering, and classifying their real environment. Make-believe or fantastic stories can confuse this important work.

Young children are interested in stories about:

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Prepare a Montessori Home Environment

There are some easy ways you can ensure that your Montessori home environment adheres to Maria Montessori’s philosophy, and provides your child with the opportunity to begin doing tasks independently.

Below are some suggestions for arranging rooms in your home so that they meet this criteria.

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