Montessori-inspired children’s spaces

A friend recently asked me how I had kid spaces set up in my home. I’ve been heavily influenced by Montessori and am starting to get int Reggio Emilia as I seek ways to facilitate my children’s learning. It appears we may be accidental homeschoolers, at least for a while as the personality of my oldest and school weren’t proving compatible. I’ll blog more about that adventure as I figure it out more. I also have several boards on Pinterest dedicated to this for more pictures and inspiration.

The house setup had been evolving from my now almost 5 year olds infancy. We’ve always sought to create family spaces so that each room reflects all the people who live in this house, the exceptions being the mudroom and my husband and my room.
So here’s the bulk of our living space on the first floor of our home, complete with towels on the couch because my oldest had thrown up the morning I took these and I wasn’t taking any chances!

So to the left of the couch under the windows we have a play table and rug with toys geared more for August. That give him a place to play on his own if he chooses. Wooden blocks and magnetic wooden blocks are stored underneath the table.

We have a forward facing bookcase so they can easily see the covers of the books as pre-readers recognize books by their cover, not the words on their spines.

Behind the couch area we have a larger play table with things geared more toward Eli and things we are learning about. He is majorly into dinosaurs right now so we have a dinosaur corner. We also have a space and time corner where we are learning about how time works and all about our planet and the solar system. And there’s another rug for a bit of separate play space. On the shelf are sterility bins from Target with Duplos (large one on the bottom), Stacking pegs, and animal bin with assorted dinosaurs and other animals, and a bin with Zoob tube building pieces.

In the dino corner: Large Brachiosaurus | Triceratops (similar) | Dinosaur Evolution Poster | National Geographic Little Kid’s Big Book of Dinosaurs | 1000 Facts on Dinosaurs Book 

In the time and space corner: National Geographic Milky Way Poster | National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space | 13 Planets | Ikea Clock | Sand Timers in different time denominations | Globe from Target

Another view of the block and book area with the colors from the Rainbow Sound Blocks and the Water Blocks shining on the floor. August loves his ramp racer! Plays with it every day.

On the flip side of the teeny wall that divides the dining and living room we have this slightly messy book case with some building toys, fidgets, and a basket of mardi gras beads. Both boys love those things! And since I took these pics a week ago, I’ve already changed this shelf to include some math manipulative when Eli started trying to figure out addition and subtraction.

And then I donated the bottom two drawers of this set of drawers to toy food and kitchen stuff. Gives them drawers they can mess around in, open and close, open, close, open…

I hope this helps! More on outside spaces coming soon too. Post pics in the comments of how you’ve got your children’s spaces set up!

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