So now that I've started to learn more about Montessori & have seen my son's classroom a few times, I'm inspired to make our home more Montessori-friendly.
Primarily, I want to downsize the amount of stuff (toys & books) that DS has in his room & other areas of the home. We aren't a minimalist household, but we have a small apartment & we aim to under-consume. Still it seems that DS has a ton of toys & somehow none of them are really the types of imagination-supportive toys that I imagined we'd have around the house. DS loves trucks & trains---Any occasion & people (good-naturedly) indulge him on this & as a result, his imaginative play almost completely revolves around construction, trains (Thomas) & firefighters. He has amassed a huge collection of books on these subjects.
We are going to re-do his room this weekend & I think it is our chance to create a more whimsical & simplified environment for him. My question is (though I think I know the answer...) do we just yank off the band-aid & downsize dramatically without gradually scaling back? I'm actually thinking of ditching his book shelf & only leaving 10 story books maximum in his room (maybe finding a home for 10 more activity or action books somewhere else in the house) & clearing out some of the truck toys to make room for more open-ended play material.
Also, am I just being ridiculous? I always sort of imagined our home being Waldorf in spirit (while sending him to Montessori school) but with working full time & not being crafty that just isn't the way it's ended up. I rely pretty heavily on 'real-world' toys & play.
DS is 3. Will he totally revolt? I'm just tired of playing construction or firefighters every night & weekend. But maybe I just need to make peace with my LO. (Though sometimes I get the feeling that HE'S bored & would play at something else if his lazy parents would just come up with something different!)
Has anyone else radically Montessori-ized their home? (Sorry if there's been discussion on this before... I just didn't have the time to search). I don't want our house to mimic the classroom (he gets that at school) but I do like the spirit of simplicity & accessibility I get from reading about Montessori.