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

The Montessori Notebook - excellent free resources for parenting the Montessori way and to answer questions about Montessori education.

Publications

The Montessori Dictionary from AMI-USA.

Davies, Simone (2019). The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being. Simone Davies shows how to turn life with a “terrible two” into a mutually rich and rewarding time of curiosity, learning, respect, and discovery.

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.

Is Your Child at Risk for Lead Poisoning? California Department of Public Health.