Thanks for visiting my Best Montessori Books I Own Series: I highlight four Montessori books including Teach Me to do it Myself, montessori floor bed activities for you and the child by Maja Pitamic; How you can Raise an Amazing Child The Montessori Way by Tim Seldin; The Main Montessori Updated Edition: an Introduction to the female, the Writings, the process, and also the Movement by Elizabeth Hainstock; and Awakening Your Toddler’s Love of Learning by Jan Katzen-Luchenta. Some of these books are available at your local library, as an ebook on Kindle, or used and new on Amazon.com where you may add those to your wish list or purchase them on the spot. Would like to PIN for later?
You will find five chapters with activities you can do both at home and in a classroom setting: “Life skills, Developing the senses, Language development, Numeracy skills,” and “Science skills.”
Each activity has a picture, a numbered listing of directions, a long list of “You will need,” and “Other activities to test.” Most activities include a “Tip box,” a “Word activity” (language), along with a “Safety Point.”
At the back of it are worksheets to work with (copy) for producing some of the activities shown in the book.
The “Life skills” chapter includes: activities for private hygiene, dressing, polishing, pouring, spooning, tonging, open close, threading, weaving, sewing cards, and cutting.
The “Developing the senses” chapter includes: activities for exploring textures and objects and understanding shape, size, height, length, color, sound, smell, and taste.
The “Language development” chapter includes: guidelines that will help you select books for your personal child and guidelines for reading in your child; activities for word play, phonics and learning the letters of your alphabet, word building (Moveable Alphabet), and picture cards (Reading Tablets); making phrases, sentences, a diary, a guide, a family group tree, as well as a picture poem.
The “Numeracy skills” chapter includes: sorting, counting and learning numbers anyone to ten, number sequencing, simple addition and subtraction, introducing money, and number songs.
The “Science skills” chapter includes: leaf collecting, flower puzzle, planting, understanding volume, float and sink, the climate, geography including globe and map and land forms, mixing colors, and baking.
Worksheets (in the back of the publication) for some of the activities shown in the book:
Learning height and length (similar to the Number Rods). Make color copies, enlarge them, cut them out.
Two-dimensional shapes: geometric shapes, in black outline, of circles, squares, and triangles from largest to smallest. Come up with a copy and eliminate shapes or make two copies for matching shapes.
Identifying letters: alphabet letters in white and black lower case shown at stake. Make copies and reduce. You can even color them in making use of red and blue markers or colored pencils for that Moveable Alphabet. You can also enlarge them if you produce a copy for making the Sandpaper Letters.
Word building: monochrome cards with pictures and three-letter short vowel phonetic words (six cards for every vowel for a total of 30 cards). Copy and cut them out for a Reading Tablets activity, or even your own language creation. Also you can color the pictures in (recommended).
Constructing phrases: a summary of articles, adjectives, verbs, and prepositions.
Come up with a flower puzzle: black and white drawing of the flower, along with its parts in labels.
I give this book five stars away from five. It can be well organized, filled with information, and clear to understand with nice photos and drawings. The activities are the types seen in Montessori classrooms and will be duplicated in your house. I think it is perfect for ages 2 1/2 to 5.
Published in 2006, it is probably the newer Montessori books out there. It is a lovely book, with fantastic pictures and very properly designed. (I might purchase it just for the photos!) It 25dexhpky a simple read, and only 186 pages. It is also Montessori in the home friendly.
It covers a great deal of what you want to understand about Montessori education using a simple, in-a-nut-shell style, including: “exactly what is Montessori?”; “the sensitive periods for learning”; Montessori schools (about); Montessori from birth and “your growing baby”; “making your property child-friendly”; a Montessori style nursery; Montessori around the house; “discovery with the senses”; home-made Montessori activities to accomplish and then make in your house; “keeping the peace” (the way to handle negative behavior); Montessori outdoors; and a lot more!
The Fundamental Montessori Updated Edition: a review of the Woman, the Writings, the technique, and also the Movement by Elizabeth Hainstock.
First published in 1978 (on the other hand in 1986 and 1997), this book can be a classic. (It had been among the first books I check out Montessori education.)
It explains all of the basic areas of Montessori education in clear to understand terms.
Another popular part of this book is the way Hainstock makes Maria Montessori’s sometimes dense and hard to understand writings, more accessible. The truth is, Hainstock is regarded as the first to “rewrite” Montessori philosophy and methodology to help you to comprehend.
At only 127 pages long, you can read it rapidly.
Published in 1998, this is a nice book if you have a youngster younger than three. It also has cute monochrome drawings.
It is really an easy read, and focuses mainly in the toddler years, and it is written by a professional AMI Montessori teacher.
Yet another excellent feature are definitely the 125 (albeit brief) activities described to accomplish at home or in a classroom. She even offers a DVD that I recommend, “The Making of Great Little People” which was filmed in her own toddler classroom.