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
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
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.