“Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.” – Dr. Maria Montessori
These important words from the visionary educator herself, Dr. Maria Montessori, encapsulate the essence of Montessori education. We know by now that kids thrive when they get access to hands-on learning experiences and are let to explore the world around them in their own way, independently.
Research published in the Journal of Educational Psychology showed that children who had access to Montessori furniture and materials exhibited higher levels of creativity, problem-solving skills, and independence compared to their peers in conventional classrooms. (Lillard, A. S., & Else-Quest, N. (2006). Evaluating Montessori education. Science, 313(5795), 1893-1894. doi:10.1126/science.1132362)
At Woodjoy, we believe in the power of Montessori education and offer meticulously crafted furniture and products designed to transform classrooms into vibrant, engaging spaces. Join us as we delve into the benefits of incorporating Montessori furniture into your classroom and explore the magic it brings to early childhood education.
What makes Montessori furniture so special and why should you care?
It’s simple, yet complex. The main idea behind Montessori furniture is adaptiveness. Every piece is purposefully designed to increase the level of which kids interact with their surroundings, encourages hands-on learning and exploration, as well as the freedom to pursue their own interests. Montessori furniture is adjustable to fit a child’s size and needs, making them feel comfortable and at ease in their own learning space. Plus, (and it is a plus even for the educators themselves) it is aesthetically pleasing and crafted from natural materials like wood, creating an environment that fosters independence, exploration, and a dash of creative magic.
Why bring it to the classroom?
Utilizing Montessori furniture in classrooms offers benefits not only for children but also for educators. Just as our office and home spaces can influence our mood, stress levels, and concentration, classrooms have a similar impact on our children. The adaptiveness of Montessori furniture enables continuous rearrangement of the classroom space, fostering both group activities and individualized learning. By actively participating in the arrangement of their learning environment, children develop a sense of ownership and become engaged in day-to-day activities, thereby cultivating responsibility and independence. Additionally, studies have shown that classrooms furnished with Montessori furniture have reported improved student engagement, increased creativity, and enhanced academic performance. This further highlights the positive impact that Montessori furniture can have on both the learning experience and outcomes of children.
How should a Montessori classroom feel like?
It should feel…good. No, but for real. Picture this: You step into a classroom with calming vibes, aesthetic design, natural feel and inviting atmosphere. Nice, huh? There you go, because now you have the four main ingredients to a perfect Montessori classroom: above everything else it should be minimal, natural, calming and inviting.
Montessori furniture’s design is created with the purpose of being minimal, but engaging, letting kids use their imagination and transform them. The natural wood furniture with earthy tones and minimalistic design radiates a sense of calmness, providing safe space for exploration and concentration. It creates a safe haven for exploration and concentration, allowing little learners to immerse themselves in their educational pursuits with undisturbed focus.
In this magical space, Montessori furniture becomes more than just objects; it becomes trusted companions on the journey of learning.
So how would a Montessori classroom designed with Woodjoy furniture feel like?
Prepare to be amazed! Stepping into a classroom with Woodjoy furniture in it should feel like entering a safe space with an atmosphere that exudes tranquility, creativity, and boundless possibilities. Woodjoy’s meticulously crafted Montessori furniture adds a touch of magic, seamlessly blending functionality with captivating aesthetics. The natural, locally and sustainably sourced wood materials and water-based, child safe paint create an ambiance that is both soothing and inspiring. Every piece of Woodjoy furniture is child-sized, taking into account the size, proportions, and comfort of young learners, promoting independence, exploration, and a sense of wonder. As you explore the classroom, you’ll discover that Woodjoy’s furniture invites engagement, sparks curiosity, and empowers children to take charge of their learning journey.
In conclusion, whether you’re furnishing a Montessori classroom or are in the process of designing a daycare, remember to focus on the quality and functionality of the furniture you choose. It’s a key ingredient in creating a nurturing and inspiring environment for children. By selecting well-made and purposeful furniture, like Woodjoy’s Montessori-inspired pieces, you’re setting the stage for wonderful learning experiences. So, take your time, choose with care, and embrace the warmth and simplicity that great furniture can bring to little hearts and minds.