When I first began reading about Montessori, I found myself a bit overwhelmed by the philosophy. Maria Montessori was a scientist and a doctor. So, her writing wasn't exactly an “easy read”, at least for me. In my quest to learn more and eventually landing in a Montessori training program, I recommend the following Montessori Books for Parents to you all as you start or continue your Montessori journey.
Montessori Books for Parents
Montessori Madness is a popular book with parents, the author, Trevor Eissler, writes well and as a Montessori parent himself knows how his audience. I highly recommend the Montessori Madness Youtube video. Worth the 5 minutes and 44 seconds.
Montessori: a Modern Approach was my favorite during my Montessori training. Paula Polk Lillard is an incredible writer, able to boil down Maria Montessori's dense writings and ideas. Another parent so moved by Montessori after discovering the philosophy by way of her children. If you have time for one book, I'd choose this relatively easy read.
A Parents Guide to the Montessori Classroom by Aline Wolf is a book I have not personally read this book but it was recommended in my training and also by my son's preschool.
Another gem by Aline Wold, you can't beat this endearing book written by children with their perspectives on the essence of a Montessori classroom. Our Peaceful Classroom is a great one to own.
Maria Montessori was a scientist so her writing is dense at times. If you can hang on, trust me, The Absorbent Mind will move and inspire you. I especially found the latter chapters particularly profound.
Understanding the Human Being is a must own book, especially if you are pregnant, have infants or work with newborns and infants. An easy, sweet read. You'll enjoy it.
THE Positive Discipline book, I found it insightful and hands on. I highly recommend for your home and/or classroom. Positive Discipline takes a lot of practice. Be patient with yourself!
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