"My kids absolutely love their new rooms! They used to watch TV or play on my phone non stop, ever since they got their new rooms, they are completely off electronics now. Highly recommended" - Mom to a 3 year old boy and 18 mo old girl, client of Little Acorn Consulting
I met a mom at a recent "Montessori In the Home" presentation that I gave, and she booked me on the spot! She knew her children needed their own space to play and knew that she needed help creating that space. She and her husband gave up their home office and dedicated this room for their children. During my first visit, we came up with a plan. They cleared the room of all of the furniture, and I gave them a shopping list of shelves/toy suggestions. I created a private pinterest page and added things to that page so that they could get a good idea of quality toys and products that were developmentally appropriate, toys that allowed for creativity and open-ended free play.
During our second session together, we arranged the shelves, and I brought baskets to arrange the toys that we brought. Every single thing that we added into that space had a clear purpose. We didn't add things just because they were cute, or because we liked them, we kept both of her children and their needs in our minds. Each child got their own shelf and work table. We added a little bean bag chair under the window as a nice spot to curl up with a book from the basket. We created an art area and organized all of their markers, crayons, paint and play dough. Each child had a shelf on the art cart for their own supplies, and there was a shared space on top with the drawing material.
During my third and final visit, we put the finishing touches on the room. The 3 year old boy was shy during my first visit and didn't really want to be near me. During my second visit, he would come in and out of the room to get things, but didn't really stay long. On that last visit, he was sitting on the steps waiting for me to arrive! We walked upstairs to his new playroom together and he ran over to the beanbag chair and curled up with a book and a huge smile on his face.
We also created a children's eating/snack space off of the kitchen, next to the formal dining room. The children now have a low table to sit and eat snack, and their own shelf with supplies for snack.
This is what fuels my work. Creating spaces for children and then hearing from the parents how much the children love the space. Creating a playroom doesn't have to be expensive, but what a gift to give to your child. Their own space that is theirs.
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The pictures taken below were prior to our work together during my second visit. The train tracks were unpacked and set up on the table, and the trains were put into a basket. We moved a few of the items out of the room, and the parents installed a dry erase board next to the window, below the telephone.
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.