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Montessori > Montessori Resources including: Where to find Info? What is Montessori? What to look for
ExuberantDaffodil's Avatar ExuberantDaffodil 02:08 PM 08-17-2005
Can any of you mamas help find good info on Montessori learning? I am very interested in researching more about it, but need good information from a variety of reputable places. I am not sure where to begin. . . I do have some time to thoroughly research, as my DS is only 14 months old.


mysweetfiona's Avatar mysweetfiona 09:49 PM 08-23-2005
Google! That is where I researched the actual Montessori schools, missions and values. There are MANY Montessori certifications via internet that have valuable information. And of course you could find some experiences here at MDC.

This could take you a LONG time to read it all. I love it though, it's fun.
lauren's Avatar lauren 11:53 PM 08-23-2005
I'd love to make this thread a Sticky if we have enough members come forth with resources. I just went through the subforum and realized we've never really collated resources the way they have on the Waldorf subforum.

So let's collect them, and if we get a few I'll stick the thread so others can find it easily.
flyingspaghettimama's Avatar flyingspaghettimama 01:14 PM 08-24-2005
Official Resources:

Official American Montessori Society (AMS) website :

Official Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) website:

North American Montessori Teachers Association

Information on Montessori:

International Montessori Index FAQ on Montessori:

A Beginner's Guide to a Montessori Classroom

Comparing Montessori and Traditional Education

Common Misconceptions

Lessons/Homeschooling -

Montessori World Institute:

Shu-Chen Jenny Yen's Montessori Albums:

Montessori Homeschooling Questions and Answers

Montessori Information for Homeschoolers

Materials and Where to Buy Them -

Michael Olaf Montessori Materials (excellent for home use, less expensive):

Nienhuis Materials (what most schools use, expensive):

Making your Own (only some materials available):

Also see Shu-Chen Jenny Yen's page for more material ideas.
lauren's Avatar lauren 12:08 AM 08-25-2005
That's great! Do you think that covers it or will others have additional ideas?
montessorimama's Avatar montessorimama 10:41 PM 08-30-2005
Other suggestions:

It depends on what you want to do with the information. If you want to find a montessori school, the websites are really all you need. If you want to TEACH your child montessori ed, then you need books, I'd just use amazon.

The Montessori Method
The Absorbent Mind
Montessori from the Start (infants, toddlers)
Maria Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius (new, describes montessori ed in contrast to trad ed)
A Parent's Guide to the Montessori Classroom
Rita Kramer's biography of Dr. Montessori

Anything written by Aline Wolfe for "spiritual and artistic guidance"
For materials: Montessori Services (look at the pictures, go to restaurant supply stores, the dollar store, and walmart and make your own scrubbing work! Go to michaels and make your own alphabets and math materials)

Furniture, especially for babies, toddlers, preschoolers: Environments, community playthings, hellowood (expensive, but when you compare it to the expensive useless toys people give you, not so expensive, tell the grandparents), ikea for less expensive but less sturdy stuff.
flyingspaghettimama's Avatar flyingspaghettimama 11:37 PM 08-30-2005
Originally Posted by montessorimama
Other suggestions:

It depends on what you want to do with the information. If you want to find a montessori school, the websites are really all you need. If you want to TEACH your child montessori ed, then you need books, I'd just use amazon.
I used Jenny's page a lot when first starting Montessori at home, along with MWI's page. I also used these two books:
*Montessori Read and Write : A Parent's Guide to Literacy for Children by Lynne Lawrence
*Montessori Play And Learn : A Parent's Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six by Lesley Britton

But I did come from a Montessori background myself, so I understood the three-part lesson, etc before starting. Lawrence and Britton's books do a great job of explaining this as well, and it's aimed specificially for at-home use.

For answering those pesky questions about Montessori, I found this book super-helpful:The Montessori Controversy by John Chattin-McNichols

The latter is a textbook, but local libraries should have it available.
flyingspaghettimama's Avatar flyingspaghettimama 06:42 PM 09-01-2005
I found another great website with Montessori Lessons, lots of really fun ideas for at-home learning!

Here is math:
Here is culture:
healthymantra's Avatar healthymantra 12:52 PM 12-14-2005
I would argue that while it is wonderful to apply Montessori principles in the home (child -sized furniture, independent activity, freedom of movement). It is not possible to offer a truly Montessori classroom environment in the home. Not without a lot of other children there too.
The fact is that the peer group and the three-year age range are vital to the independent work of the child. Montessori educators are not there to 'teach', rather to guide each child's independent learning. The child needs to observe others at work, repeating activities at will. They should, when they are older, have the opportunity to help and teach younger children (the Kindergarten child becomes the mentor to the younger students, thereby building his own self-esteem). All activity should be initiated by the child, who's interests and behavior should be observed by a well-trained Montessori guide. This guide can then offer presentations as unobtrusively as possible.
Therefore, any time the adult might say 'today we're going to learn...', or 'why don't you chose...', then it is the adult who is directing the activity, not the free will of the child.
flyingspaghettimama's Avatar flyingspaghettimama 03:22 AM 02-22-2006
Montessori Elementary At Home

Here are some more links (can you tell what we will probably be doing next year?)

Elementary Scope and Sequence (curriculum for ages 6-9)

Elementary Albums are also available on the above site.

Materials To Print at Home (free)

Montessori Materials (pay)

Montessori Materials (pay)

Montessori Games Online (Math, Geometry, and Culture)

I am sure an AMI teacher's head will explode upon seeing the online games; but hey, when you're poor, you're desperate.
Lillianna's Avatar Lillianna 08:31 PM 02-22-2006
I depend on the AMI and NAMTA websites for their publications and resources.
I would add that everyone should read The Secret to Childhood and The Discovery of the Child by Maria Montessori.
Lillianna's Avatar Lillianna 02:12 AM 05-09-2006
Another recently discovered site.
Lillianna's Avatar Lillianna 04:49 PM 06-26-2006
I just found an old copy of this catalog, also available online:
Excellent books for the new reader: the Cosmic Wonder Series, the Thoughtful Living Series and the Sense of Wonder Series are seriously beautiful. The "Pledge to the Earth" inspired our class to say it each day as a blessing at lunch. Also books for Peace Advocacy, for Parent Guidance and a Wonderful Art Appreciation series.
Lillianna's Avatar Lillianna 03:00 AM 07-07-2006
3 more links to add:
1) a very comprehensive list of books written by and about Montessori, plus a thorough list of international organizations:
2) articles, ideas and online support especially
3) Gandhi's speech at a Montessori Training Center 1931
darkskye's Avatar darkskye 10:06 PM 10-18-2006
I have a link to some articles on infants/toddlers from my website. You are free to reproduce them and hand them out to members of your play group, etc.

A good book of activities that you can do at home with toddlers is Awakening Your Toddler's Love of Learning by Jan Katzen-Lucenta. I think you can get it on Amazon, but she has a website you can order from directly, but I forget what it is!

I know Montessori From the Start was suggested, and I second that as a great book to get the whole philosophy.

Lillianna's Avatar Lillianna 12:05 AM 10-19-2006
Hi darksky!
Jan Katzen-Luchenta also has a new book out about nutrition and the child (Montessori style!)
Thanks for your link.
mehndi mama's Avatar mehndi mama 03:39 AM 10-24-2006
Are there any magazines in publication for Montessori families?
Lillianna's Avatar Lillianna 01:00 AM 10-25-2006
There is a magazine put out by The M Foundation called "Tomorrow's Child" that has articles that cover the basics and are somewhat general:
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I found this: "The Magazine for Montessori Families" with Maya Angelou on the cover! I'm gonna check it out, too.

The "Communications" and AMI bulletin (you will receive if you are a member) are more lengthy 'scholarly' articles but they do send out "Montessori talks to Parents" once or twice a year. Select "Publications" at This site also has a few articles by Dr. M online.

The NAMTA journal is excellent, too! You can view it online at search for NAMTA journal.
SexyMama's Avatar SexyMama 02:06 AM 11-01-2006
I just read "Montessori, The science behind the Genius." It does a great job explaining how the kids actually learn.
guestmama9911's Avatar guestmama9911 11:19 AM 11-04-2006
Teaching Montessori In The Home: The Preschool years by Eliabeth G Hainstock is a great litte introduction and includes directions on how to make materials yourself on the cheap. While it is short and therefore does not cover the philosophy in depth, it is still a great little resource and one I intend to own (I got my copy from the library).
Lillianna's Avatar Lillianna 05:27 PM 11-04-2006
Montessori Services, a very high-quality products catalog:,
I should note that shopping these catalogs (M. Services, Michael Olaf, Montessori-n-such, etc.) is mostly for practical life and "curriculum support" materials. They don't have any of the "authentic" Montessori materials available (these make up the sensorial, language and mathematics areas of the Children's House).
The authentic materials are available only from certified manufacturers world-wide, such as Neinhuis (has the original blueprints) and Gonzaggareddi. This can contribute to a misconception about the simplicity of Montessori education. There is much more to it than these catalogs show. This is true for books like "Teaching Montessori in the Home..." (Hainstock) as well; many essential materials are not presented at all and the interrelationships and indirect preparations are not examined either.
I recommend "Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius" as well, it is a great explanation of the philosophy with scientific research to support M main theories.
usingmontessori's Avatar usingmontessori 04:13 AM 02-06-2007
Montessori Concepts has a complete line of products including the "authentic" materials. I've bought from them for my children and have been very happy with the materials. They also have a low price guarantee which I took advantage of.

Eduaids USA is another company that sells materials. They are much more expensive (but still less than Nienhuis) but have beautiful products.

There is another website that hasn't been mentioned yet that I helped create. . It is a new free website which is basically a forum where people write about how to use specific Montessori Materials and Montessori techniques.

Hope this helps!
Lillianna's Avatar Lillianna 12:23 PM 02-06-2007
Hi Usingmontessori! - Great links.

I guess I should clarify that while these sources may have authentic materials available, there are many intangible lessons especially in the language area as well as activities that need to be assembled (prac. life such as sweeping, baking, art activities, etc). So, the point I am trying to make is that one would assume by looking into these sources that the whole language area consists of sandpaper letters and moveable alphabet. While these materials are vital to the program, there are lessons taught prior to the sandpaper letters to prepare the mind as well as the hand. The spoken language lessons and sound games are intangible but necessary. Similarily, the phonetic object box, reading cards and commands, puzzle words and phonogram exercises are available through some of the manufacturers or made by hand. These activities should be presented/practiced/proficient before any function of word or sentence analysis can be done and all these materials are important to the child arriving at "Total Reading".

I just think it helps to explain that there is more to this than meets the eye.
Lillianna's Avatar Lillianna 12:50 AM 02-11-2007
Another supplier:
The prices are very low, I can't vouch for the quality since I haven't ordered from them though.
r_brown56's Avatar r_brown56 06:10 PM 03-26-2007
I really like this site:

They have articles, free stuff, and the blog is great.
Lillianna's Avatar Lillianna 06:52 PM 03-27-2007
The Kaybee Montessori Co. located in Rochester NY.
Lillianna's Avatar Lillianna 12:01 AM 04-03-2007
Montessori Professional Development:

Maria Montessori, global pathmarker:
Boernemama's Avatar Boernemama 11:01 AM 04-10-2007
A brand new website out for raising Montessori Infants and Toddlers is She has a new DVD coming out called
Bringing Out the Brilliance in Your Infant. It is an excellent discussion of how to implement Montessori Principles in the home.
Boernemama's Avatar Boernemama 11:09 AM 04-10-2007
[QUOTE=Lillianna;6360337 I found this: "The Magazine for Montessori Families" with Maya Angelou on the cover! I'm gonna check it out, too.

This past year at the AMS Conference in NYC, Maya Angelou was the Keynote speaker. She was excellent. She really has a heart and passion for Montessori Education, as well as for children. I think you can order her talk from the AMS website.
Lillianna's Avatar Lillianna 09:38 PM 04-10-2007
Cool Boernemama! I am going to read Maya Angelou's speech. I heard it was wonderful.

I have a few to add.

For geography, science, writing and woodworking materials:

and for the website of Angeline Lillard, author of Montessori: The Science Behind the Genuis:
There is a nice section of articles detailing recent studies.
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