Maria Montessorieducator, philosopher and defender of the autonomous development of children’s abilities, created a method that is still applied today in many schools and that we can also apply at home with different activities and with elements that promote the child being able to always move “at his height”. In this sense, having a Montessori dormitory For your child, it will serve to make him feel not only more comfortable but also to develop his motor skills. With a proper bed, a wardrobe without doors and an environment that is more “open” and functional, we will make that bedroom not only a place of welcome and play, but also of learning and development.
5 ideas for a Montessori bedroom
For this reason, we now want to offer you some guidelines and ideas that will serve them to have that Montessori bedroom that you want for your little one.
Montessori beds: why are they defined like this?
Montessori beds differ from traditional beds in:
removal of bars
height from the ground of maximum 20-25 centimeters, mattress included.
Of the characteristics that allow the free movement of the child, in complete safety. It is from 18-24 months when you can enter this structure with ease.
In recent years, the search for design has madee the shape of the cabin has become a distinctive feature of these beds, which are often combined with a fabric reminiscent of the tent, as if it were some kind of tent. It is not that it is a design by Maria Montessori, but wanting to find a psychological meaning in it, it can be said that the shape of the house so clearly recognizable in the minds of children, it gives a feeling of protection, something known.
As with the canonical beds, There are no hard and fast sizing rules to apply to structure length and width. For this reason, the different manufacturers create their own coordinated lines from mattresses and textiles made to measure and with a 100% natural composition.
Montessori cabinet at child height
In addition to the bed, montessori furniture usually includes a wardrobe for learning to dress independently.
What distinguishes this wardrobe? The first thing, as you may have understood, is that it is made to measure and therefore falls within a meter and a half in height . The interior layout is free and can include a hanging rail, shelves, doors, drawers and visible areas, as is the case with the “large” ones.
The child will be able to access clothes more easily. Wanting to start dressing just ahead of time and also wanting to tidy it up.
Everything at your fingertips… and in sight
The autonomy of the child is given by the ease of finding everything within its range of movement: at ground level!
That’s how the Montessori bookcase becomes a floor element. But it is not just any container: it is specially designed to Place books with the covers facing the child’s height and point of view. As if the books were displayed in a store window, young readers can recognize the desired book at a glance, without further investigation. A strong incentive that will encourage children to read.
Also the wooden toy box adapts to the needs of movement, since it is equipped with wheels and a comfortable cord to facilitate movement.
And we do not forget the most striking example of a functional toy, which is undoubtedly the Montessori children’s blackboard: the first table for free and unlimited drawing, designed to be placed on the floor.
Decorations not only for beauty
Stimulating children with different colors, shapes and textures is one of the pillars of Montessori teaching, which has given rise to sensory games that refine tactile sensitivity and matching activities in the child.
But not only do we have to resort to elaborate games, but the idea that any element becomes a source of visual and tactile stimulation also raises the decorations to this degree, betting for example on super simple triangle flags to play and learn to hang like garlands to color the walls but also for children to touch and play with.
Then there are the decorative and functional elements, not only to stimulate touch and sight. At the base of the bed you can choose a soft color rug with polka dots : it furnishes, yes, but it also softens the slipping of the bed, inevitable for those who have not yet taken measurements of the spaces that surround it.
Montessori room From what age is it ok?
The Montessor bedroomsi are good from the first steps because they were created to facilitate the autonomy of those who are beginning to explore spaces, offering a level solution that is accessible at any time and in complete safety.