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Raising Creative, Compassionate Kids with Montessori Method

Posted by Bel on Aug 26th 2022

A parent or guardian’s biggest question is always: how can I do the best for my child? Everyone

has their own perspective on how to raise and teach their little ones, but for many, the Montessori

method provides a guiding light. This holistic, hands-on teaching method, which was developed in

the 1990s by Dr. Maria Montessori, empowers children to develop the skills, confidence, and

intuition they need for life. 

Here, we take a closer look at what living life the Montessori way really means. 


The Montessori method 


According to Simply Psychology, the Montessori method is an educational approach with

“independence and choice” at the heart. It encourages a more intuitive way of learning that allows

children to strive not just cognitively, but also physically, emotionally, and within social situations.

Instead of being pushed through a cookie-cutter curriculum that expects every child to learn in the

same way and meet the same targets, the Montessori method recognizes that everyone thrives

differently. It’s designed to let children enjoy self-paced learning where creativity is championed,

wild imaginations are encouraged, and all children are inspired to be compassionate. Montessori

classrooms and educational environments are prepared in a way that enables “self- learning and

collaborative play.” Toys and activities that relate to specific areas of learning, such as

mathematics, are grouped together. Here, children can be as curious as they like. They’re guided

by a teacher but can choose where to go and what to play with freely.


Montessori and the natural world 


The Montessori method focuses on sensory-based education, with a preference for natural,

wooden toys that don’t contain chemicals and which won’t overstimulate. Exploring different

shapes and textures is also encouraged. As Montessori For Today puts it, “wooden toys allow

young minds to roam without the distraction of recorded sounds or overwhelming color palettes.”


We hold the same values at Be-Ve Kids, which is why we champion wooden toys that are free

from nasties and created to inspire children’s imaginations. From our multi-purpose Play WithYour

Food game and platter, to our eco-friendly Lil Critter puzzles, we wholeheartedly believe in

the power of natural, non-toxic toys for teaching kids valuable motor skills, problem-solving

abilities, and kindness. 


At Be-Ve Kids, we’re also passionate about plant-based living. Our mission is to help raise future

generations to be kind to themselves and the planet, and to fall in love with

veganism just as much as we have. Learning compassion and empathy is also foundational

to the Montessori method, which aims to teach children to become respectful members of

society.

What’s more, many Montessori schools favor plant-based nutrition. This is in part because they

recognize the many health benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets, but also because they want to

expose children to more holistic ways of caring for themselves and others. 


Bringing Montessori practices home 


Even if you don’t send your children to a Montessori school, you can still adopt the method

at home. For instance, you could encourage practical learning, such as going for a walk and being

hands-on in nature. You could also introduce sensory learning, such as by tasting new, plant-

based flavors and playing with natural toys. If you’d like to embrace the beauty of the natural

world at home, inspire your kids to be as creative and imaginative as they possibly can, and

create a kinder world for all, then check out our range of wooden toys and puzzles here. 



Happy learning!

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