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Montessori Resources

Are you looking for more information about the Montessori method? Here are some Montessori Resources to consider. Whether your family is just starting it's Montessori journey or has more information about the method, there are resources here for you. 


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This list will be updated as I find helpful sources of information! If you know of a resource that isn't listed here, please let me know, I would love to check it out.

Print Resources

Here are some of the amazing Montessori resources available in print. I know that there are many many more, and I will update this list as I am able to read and discover them. Unfortunately, many of the books are not available new, don't let that stop you from reading these great resources!

Maria Montessori's Work

There are many many books, articles, and speeches by Maria Montessori. Those listed here are what I have found most helpful and applicable to being a Montessori parent. You can find a more comprehensive list here

Secret of Childhood -- this is my favorite Maria Montessori text that I have read

The Absorbent Mind 

Maria Montessori Speaks to Parents - this is an excellent, small and accessible book if you are new to Montessori

From Childhood to Adolescence - this is a great book for understanding older children in the second plane of development

The Child in the Church

Montessori Education



Basic Montessori: Learning Activities For Under-Fives -- this is a good resource for homeschooling families




Montessori Parenting


Learning Together: What Montessori Can Offer Your Family -- wonderful book for beginners, I would suggest starting here if you are brand new to Montessori 

The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three -- excellent resource for people with Infants 



How To Raise An Amazing Child the Montessori Way -- another great place to start if you are new to Montessori 


The Montessori Elementary: Continuing the Montessori Journey

The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being - amazing resource for Montessori parents both new and experienced 

Montessori Play And Learn: A Parent's Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six

General Parenting 

These are books that I find compatible with Montessori parenting, but aren't specifically targeted as Montessori. 







Online Resources

We are so fortunate to live in a time where so much information is at our fingertips! There are so many amazing Montessori resources available online. SO MANY. I will continue to update these as I find new ones. However, I have not included sites that mainly write about Montessori or Montessori-inspired activities. You can find so many great activities on Pinterest if you are looking! 

Infants 


Aid To Life

Nduoma Montessori

Montessori at Home


Midwest Montessori

How We Montessori


Parenting and Education


Child Development Institute of the Redwoods

North American Montessori Teachers Association

Association Montessori Internationale

MariaMontessori.com

Montessori Daoshi

Minnesota Montessori Network

Cosmic Montessori

Special Needs 

Every Star is Different

Videos 


Montessori Guide -- a collection of wonderful videos, my absolute favorites

Online Community 


Montessori 101 -- this is a Facebook Community where I am one of the admins  

Again, this is just a fraction of the resources available about Montessori online and in Print. I will update frequently! 

updated March 2017

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The Ultimate Montessori Toy List -- Birth to Five -- UPDATED 2019

When you are interested in Montessori, it can be difficult to know exactly what types of products you should get for your home. Or which types of "Montessori" materials are really worth the price. There are no rules about types of products can use the name Montessori which can add to the confusion. Not to mention, every toy manufacturer slaps the word "educational" on the package for good measure!

2019 UPDATE: This post has been updated to include a variety of brands and new product finds! Just a reminder that no one child will be interested in all of this or needs all of this. These toys are just here to spark ideas and give you a feeling for some Montessori-friendly options available! 


So, with this post, I'm going to try to help with this confusion! Here's a list of Montessori-friendly toys and materials for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 


First, let's clarify that there is no such thing as a "Montessori toy." Montessori never created to…

Which Open-Ended Toys are "Worth it?"

As a Montessori parent, I try to provide a mix of materials in our home to engage my kids! That work that will spark joy, concentration, and repetition. It's not always an easy task, as Maria Montessori said, "Life is mysterious...only the choice of life can choose the work that the child truly needs. Therefore, the teacher respects this mysterious process and knows to wait with faith." So, there does sometimes feel like there is a bit of trial and error when it comes to choosing materials that your children need. 

For us, the right balance is easier to find when I spend time deeply observing my children. Watching their interests, sitting on my hands if I have to, letting them struggle a little with things, and letting them get bored. And what I have personally found is that here at home, a combination of open ended materials and more structured work have been the right balance. Open ended toys wouldn't necessarily be found in a Montessori classroom, but they are perf…

A Montessori Approach to Purging Your Toys

Becoming a Montessori family has been life changing in so many ways, most obviously with the amount and type of materials we use in our home. Once you see why having so many toys is a problem, or when you make the decision to move towards Montessori, it can be completely overwhelming. But, taking a Montessori approach to purging your toys is possible! And, it doesn't exactly mean that you have to throw away everything you have and start over with only expensive wooden toys. It will mean taking a hard look at what you have and whether it really fits with Montessori.


One note, however, Montessori is at its core about following your child's own path and respecting your child as a whole person. So, if your child has a toy, lovey, book, or whatever that your child super loves or is super attached to, but it doesn't fit Montessori ideals, don't take it away. Follow your child, that is more Montessori than whether or not you own some specific consumer product. 
How to Purge You…