Starting Montessori

Here is a list of some of my favourite links to information and resources, that we found very helpful.

There videos are sadly not available to be viewed now.  I will include the links in any case in hope they resurface.
Our Manuals
We are using the Early Childhood and Elementary 1&2 Sets


Ultimate Montessori Homemade Materials Collaboration lot's of diy material making ideas

This is an incredible source for Montessori Elementary Math Videos on Youtube by Eric Johnson EdVid.com I truly hope these videos continue to be made available for the Montessori home school community.



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.



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.


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6 comments:

  1. Thank you for the list of references

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    1. You are most welcome!! I hope some of it may be helpful:)

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  2. Thank you for sharing. In fact, thank you for sharing all these woderful ideas, resources, informations, tips etc. with us.
    I live in Greece (arrived here 7 years ago from Romania) with my husband and my 3,5 daughter who is attending a nice daycare. I recently discovered Maria Montessori's books and found them fascinating (among others, I have a kindergarten teacher diploma). The last 2 or 3 weeks it seems that I am captivated with all this DIY adventure. I am not good at crafts, sewing and other similar activities, but I am trying to do my best with the materials I can find and afford.
    Fortunately, I found a lot of blogs and sites which prooved to be very useful for my "projects". My girl responded very good to my invitation of playing these new... games. She has a very good memory and she is a communicative person. She likes stories and, from what I can tell, she has an ear for music.
    I am not an organized person and my only regret is that I don't offer her more information, more games. Of course, I deeply respect her childhood and her wright to play. But then I just enter to some blogs just like yours and feel overwhelmed. Where do you find the time and energy to do aaaaallll those things?!
    I just discovered your blog and did not enter on your others (I will), but your story mooved me so much! I am 33 years old but my life experience is so poor compared to your first 30 years. I was a little shocked by what I have read, but the happy end was so inspiring! Well, I can't find the wright words and I am sure that you have already heard or read similar considerations. So I will just express my admiration for what I discovered here and for your generously decision to share all this.
    Very nice pics of your children. Because he is older, Xander usually seems very concentrated and captivated by his activities. They are both adorable. Congratulations!
    Best regards.

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    1. Thank you for writing to me <3
      Thank you for reading my/our story. It’s an old saying but so true… So often books are judged by their cover, but there is so much more beneath. I have been blogging for a while now and I know it looks like a lot, but everything you see has taken place over a long period. The resources we have are things we’ve collected, made, and been given as gifts for many years.
      I felt the same when we started, and so overwhelmed. I still do!!
      I have made many mistakes and worn myself out at times. I go through bursts of making materials, but have learned to try and pace it out a little more.
      The last year plus has been more difficult than any challenge I have faced with Ava’s diagnosis with UCD, but it has also led to greater understanding, and we are trying to keep moving forward.
      The sharing that is going on in the home school community is incredible. There are so many more pintables and different things available now, then when we even started!
      Maria Montessori was such a wise woman! It is a great challenge to incorporate the Montessori curriculum into a home environment, but the philosophy itself… is the perfect place to start. It sounds like you are getting well acquainted with that. Your daughter sounds bright and lovely, and you sound so engaged and caring. I truly wish you the very best. Thank you again for writing your beautiful compliments have really made my day.

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  3. Thank you for your effort to share all this wealth of information. Tell me please, have you downloaded those videos that are now not available any more? They seem very valuable and I would really like to watch them. Or maybe you know another website where they are available?
    Thank you again...

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    1. Sadly to my knowledge they are still not available. There are many others out there also that do not wish to share the entirety of their collections with the Montessori Homeshool community - even for a fee. There are many of us and the number is growing so maybe they will become available again soon!! Thank you so much for leaving a comment!! I love to hear from others traveling this journey <3

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