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The Montessori Education model was built by Dr. Maria Montessori (The first woman in Italy to earn a physician’s degree). Dr. Montessori based this model on the belief that children were born with absorbent minds and were hence completely capable of self-directed learning. Dr. Montessori believed in providing the children an ideal educational environment, where they can seek out opportunities to learn on their own. This is where the Montessori Classroom comes in.

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You must be wondering, just how to do that. Don’t worry. It is easy if you follow the instructions mentioned below:

How to build your Montessori Classroom

First things first, building a Montessori classroom can be expensive and you might not find all the things you are looking for. Do not fret. The advantage of this learning system is, that you can start with a basic setup and keep adding to it with time. In-fact, you don’t even need a whole room. You can assign a corner and built it up on Montessori theme. You can also make some things and pieces yourself which you may not be able to find, or buy when the material is relatively inexpensive like during sale period.

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These are the basic things you will need

  • Low shelves and Child Sized tables and Chairs – Low shelves and child sized tables and chares are really important as they will allow the child to do things on his own. This instills self-reliance which is an important skill to learn early in life.
  • The alphabet box – A set of wooden letters that children are encouraged to hold and feel
  • Large plastic trays – These trays can be used to place activities in. The large plastic trays help keep activities organized, visible and easy to take out to play. They teach the child the value of organization. In a Montessori classroom, the child is supposed to put back the activity tray once he is done playing. So encourage him to do that and let him see for himself what happens if all the trays are brought down to his tiny little desk.
  • Activities – You can choose the activities based on the child’s interest. There are various activities available for example sensory activities (like matching objects by touch, feel, taste or smell), math activities, science activities, language activities (like a wooden alphabet box) cultural activities (like geography album or globe, art activities etc). You will also need to keep changing or adding activities as children grow. In order to keep them engaged and active in their classroom. So keep that in mind while deciding the budget.
  • A low kitchen cupboard – with child’s food preparation materials and dishes, so children can have their own snacks and also fun mixing their food. (This might not be suitable for children under 3 years, as younger children are prone to just making mess and not eating).

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A child building blocks at his Montessori Classroom

 

Since observing your child is important in a Montessori classroom, it might be convenient to have the setting as close to kitchen as possible. That way you can keep an eye on the kids while you do the cooking.

So go ahead, set it up, and in no time you will find your child will start learning things on his/her own, yet faster.

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