Hi - I hope I'm venturing into friendly waters. I have a 2 1/2 yo daughter who I will be enrolling in Montessori (wait, don't kick me out yet), and I see many similarities in some activities, if not the approach - like working with simple materials, household chores, etc., but the two are not harmonious from a teaching perspective. I recognize the styles are different and that is fine.
I've incorporated some Waldorf-inspired activities from early on just because of my personal bias. Simple toys - plastic toys from well-intentioned family make their way to donation bins. Now that we are a single-parent home, the TV is off 90% of the time, rather than ON 90% of the time. Simple, homemade organic food.
I started to read the Waldorf inspired thread and my head started spinning with some of the things that I think would make a very good "home complement" to a Montessori education.
Connection to the seasons
More time outdoors
None of these things conflict with Montessori (nor do I think Montessori conflicts with any of these home activities) - and I think I can incorporate them into a fuller and richer life for both of us.
I would like some friendly suggestions on things to create a special, sacred space at home and bringing a peaceful rhythm in a chaotic world.
To describe our environment: only child, she has a bedroom and a playroom (used to be the guest room, but I'm creating her a sacred place, similar to how I have my home office.) We are starting simple. Material on low wood shelves, a few toys in bins, lots of wood puzzles, LOTS of books. But, maybe as my little one gets older, we can deviate from the end of the book and create our own endings (that appeals to me). We've started to create some rhythm to the week with a calendar that we check off each morning, in part so she knows which day she stays with her father and which day is trash day (she's fascinated with big trucks) so she will start to understand the rhythm of the week. Not sure about fairies or gnomes, but if we create a seasonal nature table, maybe a gnome or fairly could be sitting under a tree and she could tell ME stories. That being said, now that I think of it, we do have several garden gnomes....maybe she could help move them around the garden! :)