Montessori Resources | Blogs + Books

This great idea to reuse our  bottle drying rack  as grass for a spring activity came from Montessori In Real Life. Her daughter is a bit older so she used smaller insects! I had some trouble finding large, realistic insects but did end up finding  a few larger insects and butterflies  from two different sets and put the smaller ones that came in the sets away for when she’s a little older! I also pulled apart a few fake large flowers that were safe for her to mouth. We are loving reading our Spring books,  The Very Hungry Caterpillar  +  I Am A Bunny ! When we pull this off the shelf I will let her explore on her own as much as she wants and when it seems like she’s not sure what to do with it next, we ‘pick’ the flowers and leaves, make the butterflies fly, talk about what they look like, and practice sniffing by smelling the peonies! I have found that while I love reading Montessori books, following other Mamas is so helpful for me when preparing Isla’s environment.

This great idea to reuse our bottle drying rack as grass for a spring activity came from Montessori In Real Life. Her daughter is a bit older so she used smaller insects! I had some trouble finding large, realistic insects but did end up finding a few larger insects and butterflies from two different sets and put the smaller ones that came in the sets away for when she’s a little older! I also pulled apart a few fake large flowers that were safe for her to mouth. We are loving reading our Spring books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar + I Am A Bunny! When we pull this off the shelf I will let her explore on her own as much as she wants and when it seems like she’s not sure what to do with it next, we ‘pick’ the flowers and leaves, make the butterflies fly, talk about what they look like, and practice sniffing by smelling the peonies! I have found that while I love reading Montessori books, following other Mamas is so helpful for me when preparing Isla’s environment.

I’ve compiled a list of resources that our family uses to guide our Montessori day to day! The first half of the list are recommendations from our Parent-Infant class Director and the second half are resources that we have stumbled upon and love!

From our Montessori School Director:

My Current Favorite Resources:

  • Montessori In Real Life Blog + Instagram has great ideas for Montessori at home activities and she sells month by month guides that have been very helpful for preparing Isla’s environment!

  • Montessori From the Start Book: I bought this right before we started our Parent-Infant Class and they actually ended up handing out copies on the first day!). It’s a fantastic overview of the Montessori approach as a whole. This book has a ton of information— all so valuable, but so much so that it took me a bit to get through it. I only read ~10 pages per day so that I could be sure I was retaining each concept.

  • These next books are from the world of RIE Parenting, but there is a ton of overlap into Montessori principles in terms of respecting and following the child, and viewing the child as a whole, capable person. I stumbled across Janet Lansbury when trying to encourage Isla’s independent play. Both hers (Elevating Childcare: A Guide to Respectful Parenting) and Magda Gerber’s (Dear Parent: Caring For Infants With Respect) books are super quick reads.