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It can feel overwhelming to dive into the world of Montessori education, especially with the abundance of information and interpretations out there.
We have compiled this list of fantastic books that will help inspire, guide, and reassure you on your Montessori journey, no matter your stage.
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- Everyday Montessori parenting with a toddler
- Everyday Montessori parenting with a baby
- A deep-dive into Montessori philosophy from Dr. Maria Montessori herself
- Creative Montessori activities for 0-3-year-olds
- A modern, easy-to-follow, practical guide to Montessori
- Something you can read with your child
The Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies
This is an excellent, comprehensive guide to understanding and implementing the Montessori approach to parenting. It provides a brief, easy-to-digest overview of the Montessori philosophy. It includes practical, step-by-step advice on introducing Montessori into your home and various activities and resources to help you get started. We love how this book re-frames toddlerhood, from the 'terrible twos' to a period of great curiosity and capability.
The Montessori Baby by Simone Davies & Junnifa Uzodike
Co-written by the author of The Montessori Toddler, this book is essential for new or expectant parents. It looks into how the Montessori parenting method can be used with babies from birth through the first year. The authors discuss the importance of creating a secure, stimulating environment for your baby and how to set up the home to promote independent learning. We especially appreciate the focus on the importance of respect and empathy between parent and child.
The Secret of Childhood by Dr. Maria Montessori
An excellent read for those interested in Dr. Montessori's insights into early childhood based on her historical experiences and research. It explores the philosophy of Montessori education, the importance of play, the impact of the environment on a child's development, and much more. Originally written in 1936, it requires more time and focus to read and fully digest. However, it is worth the extra effort!
The Montessori Book for Babies & Toddlers by Maria Stampfer
Hot off the press, this new book provides a wealth of activities based around Montessori principles that can easily be carried out at home. It is broken down into age bands across 0-3 years and includes activities to support hand-eye coordination, language & listening, practical life, and more. It is excellent for parents new to Montessori and gives fresh ideas to those familiar with the approach.
Montessori for Every Family by Tim Seldin & Lorna McGrath
Another relatively new Montessori book, endorsed by the Montessori Foundation, clearly outlines Montessori principles and shows parents how to apply the principles to daily life. It covers a wide range of everyday scenarios and demonstrates how to use Montessori techniques to manage these positively for children of all ages. We love this book's inclusivity, highlighting that all families can access Montessori.
Maria Montessori: Little People, Big Dreams by Isabel Sanchez Vegara
This book from the 'Little People, Big Dreams' series, is an informative, creative, and friendly book that celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. Montessori. It explains her philosophy and why it's still relevant today in a way that is engaging and inspiring for our little ones. We love how the illustrations help to bring her story to life!
Whether you read just one, some, or all of these Montessori titles, you will undoubtedly become more familiar with Dr. Maria Montessori and the core Montessori principles. We hope you pick up some practical ideas for implementing Montessori at home, in a way that works for you and your family.