Thursday, March 11, 2010

One baby's Montessori room

Last year, one of our teachers left us to start a family.  Being a Montessori teacher, she and her partner are committed to raising their children within the philosophy.  I shared photos of the baby's room with our Parenting Class and someone mentioned that I should post them on the blog.  We've all seen pictures of  Finn's room,  so, with the family's permission, I'd like to post some pictures of Sawyer's room.  Enjoy!

 The black and white mobile is develop mentally appropriate and provides visual stimulation.

(See here for more information.)

A mirror attached to the wall beside his bed is so much more interesting than a blank wall.  It gives him another view of his room and lets him see his reflection.  The idea is that the child will begin to connect the movement his body makes with the movements happening in his mirrored reflection.

Another view of the room before the mirror was hung.  Note the low pictures on the wall.  When Sawyer was old enough to lift his head, these gave him another point of interest in the room.  Both the mobiles and the pictures are changed frequently.

Now he's old enough to grasp his soft blocks and lift his head.  In the background is the chest of drawers that his Mom designed and his Dad built just for him. Kathleen said "I will only keep 3 or 4 choices of shirts, pants, sweaters, in each drawer so that Sawyer can easily choose something to wear and not be overwhelmed with the task of getting dressed."

Update:  For more information and photos about Montessori children at home, please go to http://themontessorichildathome.blogspot.com/


Kathleen said...

Hi Cynthia, The blog looks great by the way. I was excited to show Karl how our beautiful room, and our beautiful boy made it on to the internet. He did want me to correct you on two points. Sawyer never 'came home' he was born at home:) And about the dresser, it was designed purposefully for Sawyer, well, designed by me and built by Karl. It stands a little over two feet tall so he can access all the drawers, (eventually). I will only keep 3 or 4 choices of shirts, pants, sweaters, in each drawer so that Sawyer can easily choose something to wear and not be overwhelmed with the task of getting dressed. Other thoughts about his room are that the mobiles change frequently as well as the framed pictures.

Cynthia Dyer said...

Thanks, Kathleen. I've made those changes and am looking forward to more pictures as he grows.....unless, of course, you start your own blog? Hmmmm? How 'bout it?

Aly in va said...

whay a lovely room. I have a 3 month old who is also just raising her head, and the blocks are a great idea. I second the request for Sawyers mom to start a blog so we non trained moms can follow along :)

Cynthia Dyer said...

Thanks, Aly. I've sent your message along to Kathleen and I'll keep pestering her >: )

Kathleen said...

Thanks but I don't have a lot of time to start a blog. It took me an hour to attach my little photo to my name for this blog. I will just fallow Cynthia's. Thanks Cynthia for creating and updating this blog. Karl is following this blog as well.

Anonymous said...

This is a great resource - thanks. FYI, some Baby Einstein blocks that look similar to the ones in the photo were recalled last year for lead.

Thanks again for this lovely resource.

Mercedes Castle
Portland, OR

Anonymous said...

hi, my name is Raita and I am a montessori pre-schoolteacher. I would like to build a concept where I can sell for example montessori mobiles and other babymaterial from our home. Could you please write to me some advice and where I should learn to make mobiles to sell/or can I buy these somewhere and sell forward? I live in a village in central Sweden where montessori is really popular and no one has montessorishop for homeeducation or for the youngest 0-6 months. It would be intrested to know how some advice from you.Could you please write to [email protected]

Deb Chitwood said...

Thanks so much for sharing the lovely photos and descriptions of Sawyer's Montessori room! I love how the color scheme and artwork on the wall give the room such an attractive yet peaceful look. I featured two of your photos and this post along with your floor bed posts at The Montessori Child at Home at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/03/15/how-to-prepare-a-montessori-baby-room-at-home/

Olives and Pickles said...

thank you for this post. great idea.