10 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.
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.
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 co-parenting, 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.
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.
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 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. Montessori: A Modern Approach explores the basics of our philosophy to looks at the relevance of these ideas in modern times. This book can help you determine if this type of education is right for your family and help you gain a better understanding of the Montessori Method and its benefits for children.
This book explores the century-old Montessori Method as it pertains to children in the 21st century. Because children these days have access to technology that was unprecedented in the early days of the Montessori Method, this book enables parents and teachers to examine how this approach pertains to modern education. Montessori Learning in the 21st Century also includes a number of recent neurological studies and findings that build on Maria Montessori’s philosophy and shed light on why this learning method is beneficial for children of all ages.
The Montessori Philosophy is built around child-centric learning. This book is an in-depth guide for parents of young children to explore the Montessori Method at home through a wide variety of activities and games. From teaching your children about their neighborhood, to introductory exercises in core subjects, and preparing your home’s environment the Montessori way, this book will help parents bring Montessori ideology into your home.
This book is centered around creating conversations with your children that inspire an excitement to learn. Faber’s book includes a number of communication exercises, parent-child dialogues, and interactive cartoons where parents and children can explore various aspects of learning together. How To Talk So Kids Can Learn is an easy-to-follow guide that will give you novel insight to helping your child motivate themselves to learn and grow.
Organic gardening, healthy cooking, and smart eating are a big part of the Montessori curriculum. This book explores information about nutrition, enzymes, and how food fuels your body. With over 150 recipes exploring a number of cooking styles including cooking for pregnancy, vegetarian cooking, kosher recipes, and more, this book is a great introduction to Montessori’s approach to cooking and eating.
According to educator, psychologist, and mother Jane Nelsen, the key to positive discipline is not punishment, but mutual respect. At Living Montessori, we believe in positive discipline to help children learn and grow. This book will give current parents and parents of prospective students an introduction to this approach and help them understand why we believe in approach is successful for teaching children discipline.