Montessori bedroom – how decoration can encourage children’s autonomy
More than a trendy look, the Montessori room proposes the construction of an environment that promotes curiosity, freedom, and independence.
A fever among celebrity moms, the Montessori bedroom is the big trend in the world of children’s decor. With a welcoming and fun atmosphere, the style has attracted followers who are often unaware of its meanings and foundations rooted in the Montessori teaching methodology.
Created in 1907 by the Italian physician and pedagogue Maria Montessori, the method places the child at the forefront of their education, so that they develop their autonomy and independence.
“Any unnecessary help is an obstacle to development.”
The researcher believed that education is a child’s achievement and that we are born with the capacity to teach ourselves when we are given the conditions. This is the purpose of the Montessori fourth: to help the child to develop and express himself by giving him confidence and respect.
Who was Maria Montessori?
In 1896, Maria Montessori was one of the first women to graduate in medicine in Italy. His studies were directed to the education of children with intellectual disabilities and he argued that the main cause of these children’s learning delay was the lack of adequate stimulation.
Montessori graduated in pedagogy and went on to dedicate himself fully to education. He used his knowledge to create an educational methodology for use beyond psychiatry. Today, the method is present in public and private schools around the world.
“Help them do it themselves”
The central objective of the Montessori methodology is to encourage the child’s autonomy, enabling them to develop and learn without dependence on an adult.
According to Montessori’s pedagogical vision, children carry within themselves creative and learning potential. It’s up to us to create a free environment that encourages discovery and self-learning.
The Montessori Room
The Italian researcher argued that the path of the intellect passes through the hands because it is through movement and touch that children explore and decode the world around them.
Sensory and motor activities give rise to the natural tendency to touch, manipulate, know and learn. Characteristics that, according to Montessori, are inherent to children.
Thus, Montessori decoration promotes, through a playful setting, the main points defended by the methodology. Are they:
Freedom to find yourself capable
The bed is the most famous item in the Montessori bedroom and has conquered many mothers because of its look. Little house, cabin, with a fence, blinker… There are several models that the market offers. However, what many don’t know is the concept behind the play. The mattress at floor height allows the child, even in the first few months, to get up and down from bed without having to ask for help from an adult. This helps in the perception of your capacity for independence.
The mattress on the floor encourages autonomy.
“Parents looking for this type of project value their children’s independence and make them more prepared for the future,” says architect Flávia, from Ludco.arq.
She says that the bed was the first item thought for the bedroom of the brothers Lucca and Nicole: “it gives the child a lot of freedom, allowing her to lie down and get up without further complications, in addition, the bed in the shape of a house brings a playful and stimulates the imagination of the little ones”.
The geometric painting with soft colors creates a cheerful and playful atmosphere
In order not to catch a cold from the floor, the mattress can be supported on a piece of wood or MDF. Cushions and fabric rolls protect very young children from rolling over or falling out of bed in the middle of the night.
The bedroom must provide a space for the child to move freely, therefore, excessive furniture and obstacles must be avoided.
Space should inspire discovery and freedom.
Encouraging autonomy and independence
The Montessori room is made for children, not adults. In other words, all the furniture must be at the child’s height, on a scale that allows them to carry out all activities on their own.
In the room signed by Ludco.arq the storage boxes are on the floor, allowing free access for children.
Minors are recommended to use bars fixed to the wall to support their first steps.
The ideal is to fix the bar close to mirrors.
For older children, clothes should be hung and stored at an accessible-height so that she can participate in choosing the items.
Low furniture guarantees autonomy when playing.
Encouraging discoveries stimulates learning
According to Montessori methodology, the mirror plays a central role in the nursery. Fixed, preferably near the bed, but always at the child’s height, it allows the child to observe and recognize himself as an individual, no longer as a continuation of the mother. This discovery is essential for the development of your autonomy.
The rug, in addition to establishing spaces for use, also stimulates the children’s touch and senses.
The mirror plays a central role in Montessori methodology.
To keep the novelty, it is recommended that there is a rotation of toys every fortnight. When the child has many options available, they can become dispersed and end up not spending time or focus to build a longer game with any of the objects. The same rule applies to books.
Children’s height books and activities are a stimulus to constant learning.
Some condominiums stand out for their care and attention to areas intended for small residents. This is the case of Vanguarda, located in the western region of São Paulo. Its playroom provides, on a child’s scale, spaces that encourage inventiveness and imagination, such as the mini-theater and mini restaurant. Residencial Botânica’s playroom recreates a small town with streets, traffic lights and a mini-market.
Attention to the details
To avoid accidents, it is necessary to ensure that all furniture is stable and fixed, free from tipping. Special attention should also be paid to corners, when they are not rounded, they must be protected. Just like the sockets. If they cannot be hidden behind furniture, there are several protection models available on the market to prevent child contact.
In paintings, tops and other objects, it is recommended to replace the glass with acrylic.
For the child’s safety, the fewer obstacles the better.
In most cases, it is not possible to safely replicate the freedom environment in every room in the house. Therefore, it is worth installing protection grilles on the doors.
Carpets provide a sensory experience for the little ones.
In addition to the cute look, the Montessori decoration proposes the construction of values and abilities that will be useful to children until adulthood. Maria Montessori’s educational methodology is not restricted to the accumulation of information. The objective is the integral formation of the young person. An education for life.