Montessori Infant Movement Areas - in shared spaces!!

Depending on the design of your home you may want to consider placing your infant's movement area in a shared family space. The movement area can consist of a moveable play gym, a soft rug or mat with some toys, or perhaps a wall mirror and Montessori style mobiles (visual & tactile). The benefit of having the movement area in a shared space is the child can observe and hear their family members going about their everyday lives. The child can move, play and rest at their leisure while still feeling that they are a part of the family, not... Read more →


Montessori children's wardrobes come in all shapes and sizes (#montessoriwardrobe) but the purpose remains the same. The aim of the Montessori children's wardrobe is to support: independence - the child can easily access their clothing. order - everything has a place, the child can easily see their clothing, the child knows where everything goes. choice - the child is able to choose from a small selection of seasonally and developmentally appropriate pieces of clothing to wear. problem-solving skills - in selecting the clothing and in self dressing the child will encounter problems to solve. child's sense of self - the... Read more →


We are seven days into a 14 day Covid isolation period (we can't leave our home, due to Otis being a close contact). So today I vacuumed and generally tidied Otto's (3yrs 9mths) room. It looked so pretty I thought it was time to take a few pics and share the new layout with you. The last time I shared his room, he had just moved into his 'big' bed. Our home is split over four levels. Otto's room is on the fourth (top) level, and his other work shelves, art shelves, and toys are on the first (bottom) level.... Read more →


Have you ever wished someone would come to your home and help put together your Montessori-style playroom? I was once talking to a Montessori teacher friend about how small our home space was and she took a look around and came up with so many options I hadn't thought of. It's amazing what a fresh set of eyes can see. When my friend Ceinwen showed me her children's workroom (pictured above), I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. Ceinwen and her family recently moved into a gorgeous Bondi apartment and they have this workroom just off the kitchen. It's an... Read more →


Real Montessori Bedrooms

Are you looking for some Montessori bedroom ideas? Here are a few Montessori home spaces that I've been enjoying! A shared bedroom for 18mo and almost 3.5yo siblings. This looks so serene and peaceful. The low artwork is lovely. 😍 Nash's (2yrs) Montessori-style bedroom including a floor bed, forward-facing bookshelves, low chair, low shelves and everything looking ordered, child-size, and cozy. You can see more detail of the low shelves and activities here. I've been asked for more real examples of Montessori-style bedrooms for children three years+. This room looks suitable for a child at 2-4yrs+. I was recently at... Read more →


Today I want to share with you the most beautiful Montessori toddler classroom I've ever seen. When I first entered this room I was overcome with emotion, it is just that striking. The natural timber furniture, the huge windows full of green, and the bright colourful materials are breathtaking. Before you take a look around I need to tell you there is something special about this environment. This is a Montessori Parent-Toddler Classroom that has RIE and Pikler influences. Director of the Parent Toddler and Nido program at Cameragal Montessori School, Peta Gibson has an AMI Assistants to Infancy (0-3)... Read more →


Today I'm excited to share a Montessori make-over for these play/work shelves. What would you do to make this space more functional and engaging for a two-year-old? What would you change? These shelves are in the living area of a Paddington (NSW, AU) terrace. This is home to Nadia (2yrs), Theodore (6yrs), and their parents. This is a multi-purpose living area used as a play space and music area with a piano and guitar just out of view. There isn't enough room here for a children's table and chairs as it would take up most of the available floor space.... Read more →


We wanted to upgrade Otto's (3yrs) bed to a full single-size bed. His previous bed served us well, the Montessori floor bed in this room was made specifically to fit into a small nook in his UK bedroom. His bedroom here in Australia is much larger but I still wanted a bed low to the ground. A mattress direct on the floor can work wonderfully especially for those in the infant or early toddler stages, but lots of families like to have their children's beds just off the ground for ventilation or to avoid spiders and bugs, and I also... Read more →


Children's bedrooms in Montessori homes are all about warmth, comfort, supporting developing autonomy and independence. Today I want to share eight Montessori bedrooms that I've recently discovered. This is Miss J's room and she has lots of beautiful Montessori inspired spaces here, including some work shelves, food prep area and dressing area. The little chair looks super comfortable and the low bed allows for freedom of movement. The neutrals in here are lovely! This is Hunter's room. I love this peek into his play/work area too. This room looks super comfortable with lots of room for moving around. I love... Read more →


Do your children have toys or materials in their bedrooms? I was recently told that Montessori bedrooms do not have toys in them so I thought I would explore this idea further. 🤔 In Montessori from the Start Polk Lillard and Lillard Jessen suggest that for an infant Montessori bedroom parents consider four main areas including areas for sleeping, changing, feeding, and for activity. Polk Lillard and Lillard Jensen go on to suggest parents create a bedroom that encourages concentration and that furthers self-formation "into complete human beings capable of independence, coordinated movement, language and will". For a child in... Read more →


At the start of the New Year, the entryway feels like a good place to start with a refresh and a tidy-up! The entryway can be a key area in maintaining order and organisation of things like hats, coats and shoes, which otherwise might be a stressor. The entryway can be an important part of a smooth transition from the comfort of the home to the outside world. I've always found the more organised we are the smoother the transition. Children who are organised may feel calmer and more confident when leaving the home. I also want to acknowledge the... Read more →


When Otto turned three in September I knew we needed to make a few changes to his bedroom. We want the room to fit the child so we needed to size up with a few things. We swapped out: A small table and chair --> larger table and stool Low infant shelves --> higher shelves Small bookshelf --> greater capacity bookshelf The other significant change we made was to remove learning material like puzzles and only keep open-ended toys in this space. As Otto is now preschool age we've decided to keep most of his learning materials on his shelves... Read more →


I get such a spark and a lift from looking at really beautiful Montessori spaces. All of these spaces are real, comfortable, and cozy!! These spaces are lived in. I hope you enjoy. ❤️ A bedroom for Nash. So many cute elements. Forward-facing bookshelves, low shelves, a comfortable small chair, and a floor bed. Lots of natural and neutral colours. Many families don't like to have toys in the bedroom, but I like the idea. The child can play during quiet time or before and after a nap. This room has lots of practical ideas. A low hanger for the... Read more →


Today I want to share six lovely, practical Montessori inspired bedrooms. There is no one right way to design a Montessori bedroom, our needs and likes are different, our families and homes are different. Let's take a closer look. This is such a big space and I love how the owners have been able to incorporate lots of different zones including zones for reading, dressing, sleeping and playing. I also love the use of natural earthy colours. There is lots of colour in this room but it still feels warm and soothing. This rooms just looks so cozy. The materials,... Read more →


Today I want to share this little work area for Otto (2 years 11 months). As he turns three next month this area will soon start changing as I make it more suitable for a preschooler. This is how it looks today. Most of the materials here are Montessori aligned. You've seen many of them before but here are a few new trays/activities close up. Musical Instrument Tray - Alto Saxophone - This is an idea from our Montessori toddler class that I couldn't resist making at home. I've used a language card, model saxophone, a photograph image of a... Read more →