As a teacher, I had required seminars or other inservice hours that needed completion by the end of the school year. I was constantly flooded with new information and fantastic resources without even trying! Since staying home, I realized I’ve let too many books collect dust and done little to keep my Montessori toolbox stocked. So, after one too many nights watching Netflix, I decided it was time to wipe off some dust and crack open a few books.
Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three
by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen, discusses important developments from birth to age three. This 241 page book gives a detailed look into setting up your home the Montessori way. The authors explain the developmental planes and touch on ways to enhance each stage of your child’s life. It includes pictures of children doing daily tasks in a Montessori environment as a great visual for what is possible! Bottom line: A little on the long side, but definitely worth the read! This book gives such great detail about life with a new baby and beyond. Definitely two thumbs up for anyone with children under the age of three!
I cannot say enough great things about Teaching Montessori in the Home: Pre-School Years
by Elizabeth G. Hainstock! In 1968, the word Montessori
was declared free for public use. Hainstock feared that the Montessori method would be diluted beyond recognition and responded with this book. She gives one of the best condensed write ups about Maria Montessori’s life and introduction to teaching Montessori that I have ever read. What makes this a super fast read is that 90 of the 110 pages are step-by-step lesson guides. The author gives the ideal age, materials and a demonstration for each lesson along with detailed instructions for making some of your own material. She also includes a list of Montessori terms with definitions and suggested readings. As an added bonus, it is full of charming, pencil-drawn illustrations circa 1968. For children over the age of six, her book, Teaching Montessori in the Home: The School Years
, is also available. If it is anything like her pre-school version, it’s sure to be a winner too! Bottom line: I highly recommend this easy to read book. It is full of great resources for anyone setting up a Montessori learning environment. A must have!
Montessori Inspired Activities For Pre-Schoolers
was written by blogging mom, Jo Ebisujima. She complied over 50 entries she successfully did with her young son. These activities are age appropriate, low cost and based on Montessori theory. She has an excellent step by step guide to giving a Montessori lesson and notes about the Montessori work cycle. Her activities cover a wide range of subject areas and each include a picture, material list and directions. As an added bonus, she includes a link for some free printable materials. Bottom line: This book is definitely a handy resource if you’re looking for something fun and easy to do with your pre-schooler. The activities use items you probably already have in your home.
I’m a firm believer that you should never stop learning. No matter your interests, hobbies or passions, I believe you should devour as much information as possible. Surround yourself with others that challenge you and encourage you in your journey, whatever that may be. I hope these resources help you incorporate Montessori into your day to day! Happy reading!
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