Today I wanted to show you some nature tables designed for the Montessori (home and school) environment. The change in seasons is always a good time to refresh the nature table. While our nature table isn't always season specific, I'm always looking for new ideas!
A simple nature table at The Kavanaugh Report. This is really simple but beautiful and can be meaningful for a toddler.
How gorgeous is this? This is a nature table at Merci Montessori. I also love the nature table they have here, perhaps for a younger child as it's a little simpler.
This is a nature table from the French kindergarten class at Lycée International Montessori - Athena School. If you follow the link they also have a few tips for creating a Montessori nature table including changing it regularly and to label items for early readers.
Feeling inspired? I've lots of ideas to get started on a spring nature table!
Today I wanted to share a few things I have been reading and thinking about!
Do you have an interest in autism? I have really enjoyed reading montessori4autism. It is such a positive site packed full of information on ASD and Montessori.
I've been looking for an example like this! An advanced practical life exercise where the child completes the baking process independently with a small oven, you can see this entire process at A Montessori Musing Place.
I love all the Montessori inspired posts at Crumb Bums but especially this article about Movement in the Montessori classroom (isn't this classroom gorgeous!!). It is so true! “One of the greatest mistakes of our day is to think of movement by itself, as something apart from the higher functions… Mental development must be connected with movement and be dependent on it. It is vital that educational theory and practice should become informed by this idea.” — Maria Montessori
Ending today with a quote from Maria Montessori in Education and Peace: "The child is capable of developing and giving us tangible proof of the possibility of a better humanity. He has shown us the true process of construction of the human being. We have seen children totally change as they acquire a love for things and as their sense of order, discipline, and self-control develops within them.... The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind."
Below is a 1,000 square foot (≈ 92m2) one bedroom loft style house on Lake Washington right outside of Seattle. It has an open floor plan and two rooms. This home and family are really beautiful, you can read and see more at Montessori in Motion (also on Facebook). I feel like the minimalist style and the natural timber helps the space to feel calm and light.
The reading area below looks really spacious but if you look through to the post you will see it is a small corner of the living room. I also love the reading choices! The cube chair is super functional for small spaces, it could be used as a chair, table or step stool! And beautiful, low hanging art work doesn't take up much space at all.
I know many families don't have any outside space and visit parks or use public outdoor spaces. I like that this space has a little garden and some activities for gross motor movements, which feels super important when you have a toddler.
I couldn't finish without mentioning this video by The Montessori Notebook about a family living in a 50m2 (≈ 538 square foot) apartment in Amsterdam.
I hope you've enjoyed viewing these spaces as much as I did! Thank you so much to Jasmine and Bridget for sharing their homes. Please continue to email me if you have a small space or other inspiring Montessori environments (home or school) that you would like to share!
Imagine Our Life (you've probably seen this room before but I wanted to include it because it looks gorgeous).
A Tangible Childhood. I love the simplicity here and the combination of Montessori learning resources (Movable Alphabet, Sandpaper Letters) along with free play materials (such as blocks). I would love to see a child work in this area.
Montessori on the Double. This is a leading Montessori blog, so if you haven't read it or seen some of their spaces before please click over, even more so if you have twins! Plants, books and plenty of table space!
I also really love this space although it's not purely Montessori, and it is in a bedroom. I love the little shelves with so much variety on them and a little table and chair nearby. This room is really practical and has lots of personality, and some love. Everything has a place and pack up looks easy. From Version 5.0.
This space appears to be for a family daycare (or similar), for multi-ages, and obviously space is limited at Betise, Malice, et Sorcefferie. What I see in this example is using existing shelving, perhaps just the bottom few shelves for materials for the children.
And what do I need to say... this space is just so cozy. I love the overhead storage, lovely wide selection of materials, I believe the shelves are home made. Beautiful. From Eve here.
I also recommend looking at Nicole's playroom from earlier in the year. Some of these rooms are more like homeschooling rooms and others are for a combination of work and play. There are many Montessori playrooms around so I will try and put together another post soon. I have seen a lot of Montessori playrooms, especially this week. If you are wanting advice, my number one tip is to declutter, I often need to do this myself too, less is more!