I’m very excited about bringing more Montessori into the home. I already have a fairly good area set up in the learning room for setting out activities as I present them. I am concerned by the potential for overwhelming the kids with all of the new activities. I also know that it takes the Peanut exactly a nanosecond to utterly destroy every sorted, organized, pieced together material that I set out. I knew after a few presentations last year that I wanted a rotation zone for materials that were going to be saved for future presentations. I only want to bring out a few things at a time. I spent the last couple of days last week cleaning out the closet under our stairs to serve as the rotation zone. It has a couple of advantages – it’s big (well it is after I removed about 3 season’s worth of coats and jackets out of it, 2 vacuum cleaners, baby toys, and 3 folding tables) and it is central – located a few steps from our learning room.
First, I emptied. This looks impressive, but if I had panned to my right and left you could have seen all of the embarrassing stuff lining the hall and my bedroom that came out of that closet.
Finally, I went through the shelves in the learning room and pulled all of the Montessori stuff I have already. Most of the stuff on these shelves is “Montessori wanna-be” like the sorting bears from Walmart, but the point is that it is all stuff that I would need in the resource closet, or would want to rotate on or off of the Montessori shelves in the learning room.