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Montessori Resources for Parents

In Montessori education we follow the child rather than following the curriculum. This means we pay attention to the needs of each child individually and based on their developmental stage. The resources below will help you understand Montessori, the Montessori perspective on child development, and how Montessori follows the child.

Websites

Aid to Life - offers clear, simple, easy-to-apply parenting advice for children ages 0-3.

Kids Talk Blog - Created by Maren Schmidt, M.Ed. to provide bite-sized, actionable Montessori parenting tips.

MariaMontessori.com - Created by the Montessori Administrators Association to provide accurate and relevant information for parents about the Montessori method of education.

MichaelOlaf.net - an informational website associated with the Michael Olaf Company, a purveyor of Montessori materials, that offers links, information, and resources for parents and educators.

Montessori Connections - A clearinghouse of information related to Montessori.

Montessori.edu - Another index of online Montessori resources, with an equal focus on practitioners and parents.

The Montessori Foundation - established as an independent source for assistance, encouragement, and support for the international Montessori community. The foundation publishes Tomorrow's Child, a magazine for parents of Montessori students and offers additional parent information resources.

Publications

The Montessori Dictionary from AMI-USA.

Eissler, Trevor (2009). Georgetown, TX: Sevenoff LLC. Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education. Written by a parent, for parents.

Lillard, Angeline S. (2016). New York: Oxford University Press. Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, Third Edition. Lillard explains the scientific basis for Maria Montessori's system and the distinctions between practices in traditional, "Montessomething," and authentic Montessori education.

Lillard, Paula P. (2011). Montessori: A Modern Approach (Kindle version). New York: Random House. Written for parents, teachers, and administrators, this book presents Maria Montessori's theories on learning at each developmental stage. Note that only the Kindle version is updated; the paperback and hardcover versions have much older publication dates.

Lillard, Paula P.; Jessen, Lynn L. (2008). Montessori from the Start (Kindle version). New York: Schocken. This book is a practical and useful guide to raising calm, capable, and confident children. Note that the Kindle version is updated; other publication formats have older publication dates.

Other

Famous Montessori Graduates (courtesy of Montessori School of Lake Forest in Lake Forest, Illinois).

Making a Difference - The Montessori Way - testimonials, videos, and articles extolling the virtues of Montessori education.