5 Books to Read for Prospective Montessori Parents
If you think the Montessori curriculum might be a good fit for your child, have heard about our programs through the grapevine, or would simply like to learn more about the method, there are many great books that can give you a taste of our philosophy. From delving into our reading and writing curriculum, to implementing positive discipline, to ways to implement Montessori at home, here are a few great reads for anyone interested in the Montessori way of learning.
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Perhaps the must-read book on the Montessori Method, The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori explores her philosophy and method. Focusing on what Dr. Montessori says is the child’s most crucial development stage, from birth to age six, this book offers insight into education and early childhood development. With an updated forward by John Chattin-McNichols, Ph.D., President of the American Montessori Society, this book is given a new relevance in today’s society and how this method of thinking continues to be relevant and cutting edge in today’s world.
How To Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin
For a new parent’s guide to Montessori learning, How To Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin is a great guide. This book includes everything from screen time in a digital world and coparenting, to building independence and creativity. This book also includes a number of activities and games for your child at home and illustrated guides to nurturing a self-reliant child.
Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child by Maja Pitamic
As the title suggests, this book is all about helping your child become a self-reliant learner and person. This book is a detailed, illustrated guide to helping your child learn at home and partake in hands on activities to foster their growth and development. Ideal for toddlers, this book covers a variety of activities including color matching games, music, alphabet activities, finger puppets, and more.
Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education by Trevor Eissler
Commended for its practical tone and easily accessible language, this book offers a parent’s insight to the Montessori Method. It delves into how education systems can be improved and how politicians and administrators can look at education differently. Its tangible approach to our philosophy gives prospective parents and other readers a look into the our curriculum from a parent’s perspective. Written by Trevor Eissler, a pilot instructor and father of three, Eissler highlights the value of Montessori principles and has worked to bring some of these ideas into his own work teaching pilots at 40,000 feet.
Montessori: A Modern Approach: The Classic Introduction to Montessori for Parents and Teachers by Paula Polk Lillard
For parents, educators, childcare professionals and others interested in the Montessori way, this book is a great read. From explaining the basics of our philosophy, to looking at the relevance of these ideas in modern times, to figuring out if this type of education is right for your family, Montessori: A Modern Approach: The Classic Introduction to Montessori for Parents and Teachers is a great read. If you’re looking for a book that delves into the Montessori Method and its benefits, this is the book for you.