If you like the Montessori Method, do not miss how to decorate your children’s bedroom following this pedagogy.
Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was a revolutionary woman who radically changed the way of educating children in her time. She was the first Italian woman to graduate in medicine, but before that she had already studied engineering at the age of 14 and biology. She was also a psychologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, humanist, and feminist . However, for educators and psychologists one of his most notable achievements was the novel perspective that he gave to education at the time and that still surprises us today with the results it gives.
The well-known “Montessori Method”, highly recommended in every way and with a great worldwide success. Well, from this perspective, María Montessori proposes different techniques and strategies that both parents and educators can apply in their homes and classes to enhance child development . Those who have tried it do not doubt its success and maintain this style with future babies who arrive because it has previously worked for them.
The Montessori method defends that the basis of learning is experimentation from the earliest stages of birth, it says that each child has unique abilities that make them different from the rest and that therefore we have to individually attend to their needs and promote their autonomy . Therefore, from this method the independence and freedom “with limits” of the child is sought, developing all their potential from structured materials and an activity that the child directs but under adult supervision.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE ADULT?
Its role is that of a compass, it is the guide of the child who is in continuous learning. It is the one that will establish the organized environment from which the child will begin to experiment by himself, meanwhile the adult observes without intervening or at most stimulates him to start the learning processes.
DECORATE THE ROOM ACCORDING TO THE MONTESSORI METHOD
To design a room according to the montessori method we have to bear in mind that we want to satisfy the baby’s needs and not ours, therefore the whole environment has to adapt to the child’s level , that is, we have to create a space in which the baby has enough space to move freely and go where he wants, it has to be adapted to his needs, so we will empower him mentally and physically.
According to the Montessori method, the perfect room has to consist of the following characteristics:
-It has to have natural clarity (if it can be clear). For the painting of the room, choose neutral colors , which convey tranquility, the strong ones saturate the view and can be overwhelming for babies.
-The materials inside must be natural , bamboo, wood, metal … but never plastic.
-Enough space for the baby to crawl and explore the environment at will. For this we have to free up as much space as possible, removing unnecessary objects and moving the furniture to the ends of the room. Instead of a crib we will have a mattress and a rug.
-A child mirror at the baby’s height so that he can observe himself and begin to create a self-concept, better if it is a safety mirror to prevent it from breaking if the baby hits it with something and it could break.
-The baby’s toys should be at their height . If we want the baby to develop motor skills and become autonomous as soon as possible, we have to force him to reach the objects by himself. Toys on the other hand should be made of natural materials such as wood.
ROOM DECORATION BY SPACES
Inside the baby’s room there must be a series of spaces or areas, with different functions.
-Rest area. There must be an area where the baby can rest. It will consist of a low bed or futon, on a soft pillow, so the baby can access whenever he wants to rest and take a nap or simply to lie down during the day, since when they are small babies usually sleep in the parents’ room, not alone yet. Being low there will never be a risk that it may fall because it is flush with the ground, so there is no need to put bars or a handrail, so the baby can go and return as they please. On the other hand, you can place the mirror next to the bed, although it is optional. In the event that you have twins or twins, the two beds can be put together.
-Play area and activities. In this area you can also place the mirror (if you have not done it next to the bed). Here the toys should be neat, clean and at their height. In this area you can also set aside at one end (so that the maximum possible space is in the room) a chair with a wooden table that is at its height, with sheets and paintings to draw on. You can also put up a small board so that he can draw.
-Area of reading . Indicated for when they are a little older. Place a soft rug with cushions where the child can relax to read or an armchair adapted to their height in the brightest area of the room. Books should also be placed on a low shelf that you can reach. You can also place a small shelf with your books here that is also at your height.
-Dressing room. The closet should be low and accessible for the little one so that he can reach his clothes. If the wardrobe is built-in you can still use it but place, as always, things at your height.
MISTAKES TO AVOID
-The mess. Toys or books should always be neat, you should avoid piling them up.
-Use non-natural materials such as plastic.
-Insufficient space. It is important that the little one has central space in the room so that he can move calmly from one side to the other, that is why we have to control the arrangement of the furniture within the room.
-Strong colors both on the wall and on the furniture, the colors must be soft, neutral, that does not saturate the view.
-The furniture, books and toys are not within the reach of the little one. You have to watch this point because it is the most important.
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.