To read more about Montessori Mondays, check out my first post in the series.
If it isn’t already obvious, I’m often flying by the seat of my pants with this whole blogging thing. So, when I decided to start a series called “Montessori Monday,” I just jumped in. Looking back, I realize it might have been smart to give a little more background on the Montessori method and provide some resources that I have used during my (ever-evolving) journey towards incorporating the tenets into my own home. So, here you go, I’m hitting the rewind button and doing just that.
The Montessori teaching method was started by Maria Montessori in the early 1900s. She was a physician who believed that all children had amazing potential and that this potential could be realized if provided the right type of education starting at a young age.
Montessori identified six “sensitive periods” that children pass through starting at birth and ending around age six. At each sensitive period, the child is open to learning from new experiences and is ready to develop new skills. She focused on creating a calm and orderly environment for children where expectations are high and children learn to be confident and to respect themselves and others.
There are many, many books on the subject of Montessori education. And don’t let me mislead you, I am not a “hardcore” Montessori mom. In fact, I am quite the opposite. Montessori is just one of many methods/techniques/insights that we use in our house. That being said, here are a few books that I have referenced recently and in the past.
- If you’ve read any of my posts, you already know about my love for Tim Seldin’s book How To Raise An Amazing Child the Montessori Way. It is easy to read, full of beautiful pictures, and completely unintimidating.
- I also have a book by Maja Pitamic called Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child. This book speaks to the educator in me and is focused on academic activities. (Seldin’s book has academic activities, but also talks about the Montessori “lifestyle,” so to speak.)
- I checked the book Teaching Montessori in the Home: Pre-School Years: The Pre-School Years out from the library several times. I copied a lot of resources and activities out of it. It is a great book, especially if you are homeschooling during the preschool years.
- Kids in the Kitchen: Simple Recipes That Build Independence and Confidence the Montessori Way – I have not read this book yet, but plan to. It is written by a couple of bloggers that I follow. I love their blogs, so I can only assume the book is great, as well. Let me know if you check it out.
- Feeding the Soil – A fellow Teach for America alum, Sarah writes about her life with her husband and son. She is pregnant and working on the charter for the Montessori school she is planning to open.
- How We Montessori – Kylie writes an amazing blog. It is very informative and gives great ideas for how to incorporate Montessori principles into your daily life.