Recommended Montessori Reading list

Wether you’re new to the Montessori method or well acquainted with the philosophy and education method, there are so many great books available to further your understanding of it. Here are five books that come highly recommended should you want to explore the topic further.

1. Understanding the Human Being. The Importance of the First Three Years of LIfe. By Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro MD.

This is recommended reading for anyone in pregnancy or with an infant. Especially relevant in the first year of life. This is THE Montessori baby book. The book starts at Prenatal Life and continues to Birth right through to topics such as Weaning, Language Development and Movement. It contains a small amount of photographs, really just enough to illustrate the idea presented.

2. How to Raise an Amazing Child The Montessori Way. By Tim Seldin.
Recommended for anyone new to Montessori who wants an introduction to what the philosophy is all about. It also contains plenty of creative activity ideas to help children discover their world.

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3. The Absorbent Mind. By Maria Montessori.

Recommended for every parent who has an interest in Montessori, but with some basic background knowledge already. It gives a clear explanation of the basis of Montessori theory and method and explains the ‘why’ behind so many of the Montessori concepts. It discusses the development of infants and young children from birth to three years.

4. Montessori from the Start. By Paula Polk Lillard

A book about what parents/ carers can do to help their youngest children in the process of self-formation.

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5. Teach Me to do it Myself, Montessori activities for you and your child. By Maja Pitamic.

A jam packed book which includes five chapters with activities you can do at home or in a classroom setting: “ ife skills, Developing the senses, Language development, Numeracy skills,” and “Science skills.” Each activity has a picture, a numbered list of directions, a list of “You will need,” and “Other activities to try.” Most activities include a “Tip box,” a “Word activity” (language), and a “Safety Point.” Also contains worksheets for making several of the activities shown in the book.

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