Dr. Maria Montessori believed that children’s furniture should be sturdy, bright, comfortable and easy to clean. But more than that, she felt that it should be a child-sized imitation of the furniture used by adults. She had learned through observations and through reading that children learn through hands-on experiences. By providing them with child-sized furnishings that work, she believed that their environment could encourage learning.
So what do tables and chairs do for adults? They provide work surfaces, a place to put meals, a place to relax and to be comfortable. Montessori table and chairs sets can do all of those things, and more. They can also provide storage for youthful treasures as well as adult provided puzzles and games. They can reflect the young owner’s tastes – a favorite book character, a fire engine or a plane – furnishings that will encourage imaginative role play. Imaginative role play provides learning opportunities for youngsters as they act out being firemen, police officers, being a parent or a pet owner.
Tables that are of a comfortable height encourage the use of puzzles, and make it easy for a child to color, draw or paint. Washable surfaces make clean-up easy for children and parents, providing hands-on practical skills that go with self-care and care of one’s own environment.
Comfortable chairs provide a place to sit while engaging in table-top play or creation. Miniature couches or easy chairs make a good place to look at books or to relax with a favorite doll or stuffed toy. Our Montessori furniture is made in the spirit of Dr. Montessori’s vision of the best way to encourage learning – which includes making it comfortable and accessible. As an adult, you probably know how miserable it is to sit in a chair that’s either too large or too small. Our furniture helps diminish that frustration for your child.