How do we aide independence in our home for my 2 year old and 4 year old? By creating a prepared environment that is child-sized, functional and overall easy to use.
In the Bedroom; (a shared space for a 2 year old and a 4 year old)
Drawers for pajamas, a basket with a toddler-sized hair brush that my 2 year old uses and a mirror he uses for hair brushing and a chair for getting dressed both of my children use.
These baskets contain my children’s shorts (square baskets), underwear and socks in the small baskets on the top shelf.
We are using a wardrobe extender to hang up my children’s shirts and dresses. It is Summer at the moment so winter jackets and jumpers and long pants have been stored away for the time being. My 4 year old has the top rack and my 2 year old has the bottom rack. There is a fold-up step in the cupboard if needed.
New to this space is a hat/coat rack which we use to hang robes in winter or winter coats. This mirror simply hangs over the door which my 4 year old loves to use.
In the Bathroom;
A low step stool to reach the sink. It’s the perfect height for both of my children. It also converts to a toilet step stool by replacing the top step with a toilet-seat step which fits around the toilet. We have another one of these steps in the kitchen to reach the sink/counter top. The wooden step was made by the company Touchwood Toys and Crafts in Australia.
A bathroom draw each for my children to store a hairbrush and their teeth brushing items. Their toothbrushes are compostable and the cups are stainless steel.
A laundry basket/hamper behind the bathroom door.
Just outside the bathroom is our toilet learning space. This space is in between our bathroom and toilet room. There is a potty, chair and some clean underwear stored under the chair. As the bathroom is so close to this set up, there is a bucket sitting in the bathtub which has a lid to put wet/soiled clothes and some pre-used cloth inserts (pre-folds) that we use for cleaning accidents.
By the Front Door;
A space for storing shoes (in the square baskets) and hats and sunglasses. My 4 year old uses this chair to put on her shoes.
Off the Kitchen;
An updated drink station that both of my children can easily use.
A wonderful informative Montessori website is Aid to Life where I got many of my ideas from.