About the methodology, from the inventor:
“The Montessori Method” by Maria Montessori. Translated by A. E. George. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1912.
About the scientific underpinnings of the methodology and its modern day application:
“Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius” by Angeline Stoll Lillard. Oxford University Press, 2005.
About nurturing the inspiration that makes children great learners and balanced individuals:
“All Children Flourishing – Igniting the Greatness of Our Children” by Howard Glasser and Melissa Block. Nurtured Heart Publications, 2008.
About the elementary level curriculum:
“Children of the Universe” by Michael Duffy. Parent Child Press, 2002.
About learning mathematics in a Montessori classroom:
“Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain” by Michael Duffy. Parent Child Press, 2000.
About common-sense, good attitudes toward food:
“French Kids Eat Everything” by Karen Le Billon. William Morrow, 2012.
About our modern intellectual history, during which the Montessori methodology has been developed:
“The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century” by Peter Watson. Harper Perennial, 2002.
For those wanting to go more into depth, we recommend the American Montessori Society’s book recommendations for teachers.
On Finding A Good Montessori School
Wondering about how to find a good Montessori school? There are many schools that call themselves Montessori or say they use Montessori tools (Montessori tools outside of a classroom with trained teachers make little sense). This link gives some pointers regarding how to make sure you choose a serious school for your child. Make sure your Montessori school is affiliated with one of the major Montessori organizations, AMS or AMI.
Montessori Observer, DVMS, Montessori Connections, and many others provide links to material and news about Montessori. We have not vetted all the material on these sites, but we encourage you to go exploring! Undercroft Montessori School in Tulsa has many good resources on their website. Steve Hughes gives lectures about Montessori, and the lab of neuroscientist Adele Diamond at the University of British Columbia has numerous publications regarding children’s cognitive development, making obvious the many developmental benefits of Montessori. You can also follow our News section and Facebook page.
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