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he learning tower

A tower to be closer: the learning tower or Montessori learning tower. The perfect help for the family!

It’s magical to enter nurseries designed specifically for children, with low sinks at their height that allows them to wash their dishes, and to fill their cups.

The first time I entered in a Children’s House, Montessori kindergarten, I was thrilled to see the small brooms, shovels, and drying racks for clothes… but we cannot always recreate the same environment at home. The house is a space for everyone, that is to be lived by everyone.

Nini originated from the idea of designing a Montessori inspired range of children’s furniture. With the aim of having a home styled for educating children through play, which can grow with them overtime. We started with beds, tables, chairs, but then we thought how can we help the child to be part of the cooking activities in the kitchen, a space typically designed by and for adults? Therefore, the learning tower, generally called the Montessori tower because it is inspired by her for functionality, could not be missing from our collection.

the learning tower

Let’s talk a little more about it, as many of you have been asking for us to create a beautiful and functional Nini’s tower, and we have designed it for you!

First of all, for those who haven’t seen it yet: what is a learning tower or a Montessori tower?

The learning tower is a stand that allows, even small, children to reach safely the height of an adult sink or a worktop. It is designed as a stool, which has 360′ protection on the side and behind their back so that the child can work standing next to the adult without fear of falling. It usually has a height of about 90 centimeters, allowing the tower to be placed close to a piece of furniture such as the kitchen counter.

What is a learning tower for or and why is it called Montessori?

The learning tower is called Montessori because it favours the autonomy of the child who can go up and down on his own experimenting with some exercises freely, such as filling a jug of water, washing a glass or cooking on a suitable surface. It increases the child’s skills through the process of imitating the adult, who at his side teaches them how to proceed in their activities without worrying that they might fall or get hurt.

The learning tower also helps parents, because it allows the child to help them and be occupied in a time when they need to have their hands free: for example taking care of the dinner without leaving the child in a situation of danger. Children will love the Montessori tower as they will feel independent, and enjoy doing tasks for themselves.

What more does it offer than a stool, a ladder or a high chair?

We asked those in our community to try it…

“I use it to cook, the children come up to the top and can cook with me. This does not work with the highchair because in most cases it does not allow the kid to work on the plane. In fact, sitting they have less mobility.

It is better than a stool because it is safer, it has no risk of overturning. I can leave them on the tower and I can go get a pot, another ingredient or take care of another task. For example, my leaf washes the salad while I work on the hob. It allowed us to make cakes, biscuits, and to spend a quality time together especially when we all had to stay at home. ”

“We use it especially in the kitchen, but children also use it to take objects from above.” Chiara told us

the learning tower

And Salila, the Nini tower what more does it have?

As you know, Nini always tries to design objects that respect a certain educational approach, which can also be used over time, because they encourage the reuse of objects, a key principle for promoting environmental sustainability.

Just as the bed Ninnanì becomes a bookcase and the chair Dindola becomes a rocking chair, salila also has more functions. In fact SALILA it can be divided in such a way as to create two adult seats, for two more guests, for when we will return to being all around a table together!

Montessori child's bedroom

How to furnish a child’s bedroom from birth following the style and principles of Maria Montessor. A discovery of three steps to ensuring their space is always functional.

 

What comes to mind when we think of the bedroom?

A question that as an architect and mother I have asked myself many times. But in my experience, when we think about our children’s room we don’t always think about the same thing. Our children are constantly evolving, therefore we need to adapt to their needs, and consequently, our search for the perfect room changes.

 

Through developing Nini, I have learned to divide the requirements of a child’s bedroom into three stages. The three stages of growth that help us to furnish the bedroom according to child development.

 

The baby’s room: is it necessary? 

The first phase represents from birth and early childhood, the second is learning through play and creativity, and finally the time of study and growth.

 

From birth to around 10 months, the baby bonds with their caregiver and a dedicated space is not always necessary, but in the second and third stages (from a year up) it is very important for children and young people to have a specific space, a place just for them, a refuge, a den.

 

The right moment to set the kidsroom.

Starting from the first year, the needs of the child change, and it becomes necessary to create his own reference space, where they can find games, books and everything else.

 

How do I set up my toddler’s bedroom? 

I consider the second stage can be identified as the phase of play and creativity, the discovery of oneself and the world, the desire for autonomy. Furnishing the bedroom in Montessori style works by following their needs and acknowledging the stages of growth. So the principles of Montessori will work by adapting to your child.

 

Starting from Montessori pedagogy and from the principles of psychomotor skills, we can try to stimulate their desire for independence by organizing functional areas designed for children.

 

What are the needs of a child in their bedroom?

The “nanna”. Why montessori floor bed?

When the child begins to move independently, crawling or walking, in the cot they will be able to get on and off by themselves, if positioned at the right height and do not prevent the ascent with bars. In fact, the classic bed with bars may seem safer, but in some cases it can stimulate the desire to “escape” by climbing over the bars, therefore increasing the risk of falling.

 

Why a Montessori floor bed? It will encourage child independence as they can get in and out safely. The low bed is sometimes also preferred by mum and dad, who can sit comfortably to read a bedtime story, without bending down. Our Ninnanì has exactly these characteristics, read the story of Elena and her twins!

montessori style toddler bed

The dressing room.

Next to the bed we can then organize a dressing corner with hangers and a chest, to practice dressing yourself, putting away the bedtime books and pyjamas.

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Play and creativity.

The bedroom is also play, creativity and “work” from an early age as Maria Montessori said… therefore the Montessori method can help in child development and can educate the human potential.  So it is important when you want to furnish your bedroom in Montessori style to have a space with a table and chair in order to be able to draw, play, assemble and experiment.

An incredible way that we have experimented and which draws directly from the pedagogy of Reggio Emilia schools, is the light table! Together with our children, we can experiment with light, colors, transparencies … using any type of material: leaves, fruit, sand, colors of various textures … and anything that comes to mind.

Montessori child's bedroom

Reanding and relaxing.

But even the relaxation and reading space will be more stimulating with a front bookcase, where the child can choose a book themselves, and snuggle up on a soft carpet to look through it independently or on their mother’s legs.

Does a Montessori child’s bedroom really help parents?

A tidy kids room: lets declutter!

We can be surprised to discover, also thanks to Maria Montessori, that order is a primary need for children. Montessori is a way of life and the external order reflects an internal order which is necessary for children to understand and accumulate all the new knowledge acquired every day. Organizing the space with few objects and furniture will make management easier, focusing on the rotation of games and books and observing the child and understanding the needs of their development stage.

Litterally look up!

Where to store the rest of stuff? If we all have child-sized furniture on the ground, we can use furniture “overhead” for parents: wall units and shelves for everything that doesn’t have to be within reach of our little ones!

A safe kids room.

In addition, a Montessori child’s bedroom will be deemed safe by selecting safe and certified materials, and for example, not risking the negative foresight in plugging electrical sockets and using too soft upholstery in case of suffocation in the first years of age.

If everything is close to hand, there will be no possibility of falls from above and overturning, providing comfort to the whole family and allowing them to spend time together, having fun.

cameretta montessori

How to book a piece of furniture from Nini? Nini is online, but to buy the furniture you will have to wait a little longer.

The furniture has been created and tested, but in order to start the production we are going to need your help. This is why we decided to go for crowdfunding: to rely on the support of a community that shares with us the passion for this idea and is interested in supporting it, funding it by buying one or more pieces from the first production.

Pre selling will launch in April. Until then we will share with you our projects and our ideas, so you can fall in love with Nini, just as we did.

Any suggestions are more than welcome!