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Writing this book, as well as connecting with fellow homeschoolers through Making Montessori Ours and our social media sites has been such a pleasure and labour of love. Many of you have written to us throughout the years asking questions that we too searched for in the beginning of our homeschooling journey.  Through this series of books we share what we have learned throughout our home learning adventure with you.

Our home learning experience has brought new and bright discoveries, that continue to fill us with beautiful family moments. This collection of books documents much of this journey, and so much more.


While this book collection is rooted in Montessori, it is also a practical resource for parents, individuals, and homeschoolers that provides information as to how the method supports parents who are following their children on a natural learning journey. This book collection was written to foster the the parent child connection, and with the intent that each individual will use the content in a way that makes sense for them. While this book is not a manual, it will help you understand the basic scope and sequence of the materials. The books focus heavily on the philosophy, parenting, and traditional use of Montessori materials, as this is a fantastic foundation to build from. It is our goal to project a practical view of the materials to support you with forming solutions that are perfect for your family based on the individual needs of you and your children.
  
All materials are photographed in detail with extensive information and tutorials which include: the traditional function and use of each material; additional support materials that are required for each material including if the material are used later in the curriculum; how do the materials follow your child's development, and what are the alternatives for economical solutions.

It is my hope that this collection of books will answer the vast majority of questions that you may have asked, AND offer a great deal of information regarding a huge range of questions that you never knew you had.

This series of books "A Practical Guide to Montessori & Homeschooling", delivers a clear image of the Montessori philosophy. It offers helpful information which will assist you in creating an accessible and practical Montessori environment within your home, to work in harmony with your child's natural development. Some of you may wish to incorporate many of the materials shown throughout this collection, while others may wish to create an environment completely based on the Montessori philosophy. The Montessori Method at heart is about observing your child as an individual, and creating a lifestyle at home, where your child has the freedom and flexibility to thrive and learn on their own timeline, and through their own interests and passion.


Below is a detailed video preview of this series for you to see a selection of the contents covered in the collection. We have three additional titles that will be added to the collection in the near future. 



Montessori Basics
Montessori Basics is filled with practical working knowledge of Maria Montessori’s philosophy of education, and how this translates to a home learning environment. It addresses the most commonly asked questions about Montessori philosophy, the materials, common terms, basics components and working knowledge of lessons and methods at home. This Montessori basics book will help parents and individuals understand how and why following the natural development of children is an integral piece of the Montessori Method. This book covers additional questions about building home environments, the practical differences between Montessori education and mainstream schools, as well as the Montessori parenting experience. This book also speaks at length about the myths that often accompany the method, materials and philosophy. This book is an essential piece for those who are beginning to incorporate the philosophy, or who are seeking additional understanding from a clear and practical perspective.
Homeschooling Basics
Homeschooling Basics is an invaluable resource for those who are new to homeschooling, or well rooted. This book covers a broad range of questions about home learning, resources and the logistics of balancing family needs while learning at home. This book supports parents who are looking for solutions to provide a connected and peaceful home learning environment for their children. Homeschooling Basics covers everything from peaceful parenting, home organization solutions, to practical natural learning resources and ideas. We share our home learning story with you, along with many of the challenges and beauty of our home learning experience.
Baby & Toddler
The Baby & Toddler book provides support for parents and caregivers who are beginning their parenting journey or perhaps are looking for a new perspective. This book will help parents and caregivers to create a safe and supportive environment that will work in harmony with the developmental needs of children. This book will offer peaceful non-judgmental parenting strategies, resources and solutions that will support your individual needs and growth as a family. This book provides information on the history and use of Montessori infant toddler mobiles, and extensive DIY tutorials for creating materials and mobiles for your child. Each tutorial is beautifully photographed in full colour providing the steps, templates, and material options for creating your own mobiles inexpensively.  This book also covers infant toddler Montessori or inspired materials and toys, and how they support your child’s natural development.
Practical Life
The Montessori Practical Life experience is one of the most beautiful experiences and gifts for any child at home. Children work through this period to build motor skills and knowledge of their environment through investigation and exploration. The activities help to foster natural independence, self-reliance, and self-esteem. The heart of practical life is empowerment through observation, in connecting and fostering the physical and mental developmental needs and well-being of children. It is about creating the space and freedom for a child to interact within their environment. This book will provide ideas and support for those who wish to create a natural and practical environment for children to explore. This book offers a close look at traditional Practical Life materials and trays, and alternatives to support a child’s natural curiosity and development through daily living.
Sensorial
Early Sensorial is an extraordinary journey that every child will embark on. This book lays out the Montessori Sensorial experience in full colour photography to help you see the materials, function and purpose clearly. The Sensorial basic scope and sequence is explained in a practical and comprehensive way to support parents in understanding how Sensorial materials (in any form) support your child’s natural development. Some materials from this collection are used throughout mathematics, and this information is clearly identified in effort to help guide material purchasing choices. This book provides DIY solutions and alternatives to help make the journey into the senses affordable or free. We offer our experience in using the materials at home and how they lived accessibly within our home environment. This book also identifies materials that are carried forth into other areas of the curriculum later on.
Early Language
The Early Language book is a beautiful full colour exploration of the sequence of early Montessori Language and materials for the three to six age range. Montessori language is a unique hands on exploration of language through the use of physical manipulatives and objects, making it a dynamic interactive experience for children. This book provides extensive information knowledge, tutorials and solutions for affordable language material making. The book supports parents to foster the natural progression of language development through observation in offering materials that meet the needs of their children. The goal of this book is to help parents to identify the components, purpose and use of early Montessori language materials as a guide for those wishing to incorporate these materials as a home learning option.
Elementary Language
Elementary Language is a continuation of Early Language. This book covers the sequence of language materials used during the elementary curriculum, six through twelve years of age. All materials are photographed in full colour and provide information as to the components covered, use and purpose of the lessons and materials.  This book provides solutions to create inexpensive DIY options for physical and print materials. Grammar materials are covered in great detail.
Early Math
This is an extensive book that covers the range of three to six years of age. Early Math begins with a concrete, physical exploration of numeracy through beautiful manipulatives and materials. Early Math delivers a fully photographed investigation of these materials, including tutorials for use of all materials and the developmental purpose. This book supports parents in working with the materials in a way in which will enhance their child’s natural love and curiosity of the numerical world. This book will identify materials and their supporting components (including print materials) and how they are used together. It also identifies materials that are carried forward into elementary math. This book provides extensive DIY solutions for affordable material making, and alternatives for parents who are looking to support their children with resources who are on a natural learning path. This book benefits parents and caregivers who may be looking to provide additional math resources into their existing environment.
Elementary Math
Elementary Math is a continuation of Early Math. Elementary Math covers the age range of six to twelve years of age. This book covers elementary materials in full colour photography with extensive tutorials for the use and purpose of each material. This book will help parents to support a math journey that is created with stunning base of manipulative materials and games, to bring more complex math concepts to life in a practical and clear way. Each material section covers DIY solutions and alternatives for parents who may wish to incorporate all or a portion of the materials affordably into their environment.
Early Geography
Early Geography is an incredible world of discovery that supports parents, caregivers and individuals to foster a child’s connection to the diversity and beauty of their global community. This book covers the three to six year sequence of early Montessori geography materials through a beautifully photographed full colour experience. In addition this book lays out the elementary sequence, and identifies which materials are carried forward from early to elementary geography. The purpose and use of materials are practically and clearly explained, along with tutorials and alternatives to help create affordable and accessible solutions at home. This book provides support to parents and individuals who may wish to incorporate all or a selection of the materials into their natural learning environment.


We have been living with the materials and philosophy in our home for nearly a decade. The very heart and essence of this collection of books is to honour diversity and freedom of choice in the home learning experience. This book, our Blog and Facebook page are intended to support a peaceful and non-judgemental learning experience that celebrates families and their freedom to create their own home learning story. Your journey may not look like ours which is perfect because it shouldn't; your journey is your own. 

We wish you all great love in your journey to making Montessori yours💕



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We wish you all a wonderful  beautiful year of home learning, fun, and joy with your families!   






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15 comments:

  1. I can't see how you do it all!! I have one child and though I've dipped my toe into homeschooling her at primary level it was beyond me - to know where to 'begin'...I am still hoping to homeschool for Elementary -so the Geography course would be fantastic! I wish I had whatever you have - to figure out how to do it all! ...please share your secrets! (It's not just about the materials). Which manuals are you using...?

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    1. It would not be truthful if I told you it was all easy. We completely follow our children's interests, and it's incredible where that has taken us as a family. We do love Montessori and it has certainly become a great passion for me, especially in terms of extracting what works for our children. Our manuals are from Montessori Research and Development, however since we purchased ours many years ago the price has gone up. There are so many things I would have done differently, if I'd known more at the time. It is all of this research and time that I am trying to translate into our book. This goes far beyond the materials. Our book covers a huge range of topics about home schooling. I so hope to publish it soon. Keep in mind that our blog has well over six years of life and experiences documented. None of what you see here happened overnight. In reality we share on the blog only a small portion of our life. We also juggle the needs of our daughter who was diagnosed with Urea Cycle Disorder at 3.5yrs, so there are many things that we carry and work with daily. Truly just begin where you can. Do what you can, most importantly spend time with your kids and help cultivate their interests. Answer their questions, and enjoy these precious young years.I appreciate your writing to me so very much. Thank you!

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  2. I am wondering if the book will be giving more details on how to build your own materials (i.e. sizes of the finished grammar solids, etc). I really like the info you give on your website and my husband is determined to make all our own materials and so I am looking for more help in how to do that.

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  3. Yes! The book is literally brimming with DIY options and details. You are most welcome to comment anywhere here as well and ask anything you like as well.

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  4. I guess this is a silly questions but .... do you have a release date?

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    1. Not at all!! I wish I had a date for you! I have added more information above to help answer this question. I am hoping to have more information as to release in the next month. Thank you for asking!

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  5. Hi Cherine, just read the comment before mine and was wondering if there is news about the book? Sorry, i done want to pressure, but i am so interested :)
    Have a great weekend!

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  6. Hi Elizabeth! No pressure I really appreciate your interest in the book, and letting me know! I am in the process of finishing a few sections, and the editing process has begun. The book is very large surpassing now 600 pages. I will update shortly as to where we are at. Thank you so much for asking <3 Have a great weekend as well!!

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  7. I'm very excited to see this! Our family will be homeschooling beginning with my 2.5 year old. We are working aggressively on a debt pay off plan so the DIY ideas for Montessori materials are of great interest to me!

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    1. I am happy you found us!! We were in great need of solutions when we started out as well, and making many materials was a must due to the expense. I am considering releasing sections of the book as they finish editing to get it out sooner. I will post on the blog here though, and you all will be the first to know what we decide to do <3 Thank you so much for writing <3

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  8. Hi Cherine,I really love your website and all the work you do with your children, very inspirational. I've heard about Montessori for the first time about three years ago and I think it's great! I do have a question if you could help me with or advise, do you think I can start Montessori home schooling my two children at the age of 5 and 8? I really would like to do that but I don't know where to start.
    Thank you
    Anna

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    1. I think you can start whenever you wish! I am hoping to have my book out very shortly and it lays out everything in terms of materials, philosophy, adaptations, and a huge amount of information to help you decide what will work for you. I will post as soon as it's available, and in the meantime we spent our time following the interests of our children and plugging in materials. It's an amazing journey to be enjoyed <3

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    2. Thank you, looking forward to reading your book!!
      Anna

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    1. Hi there! The book is nearing release. I will be posting shortly with more details. I so appreciate your asking. Cherine

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