Books, Montessori

Montessori Infant Books

While I was pregnant I read so many pregnancy books it makes my head spin thinking about them now.  In my third trimester I realized I needed to also read book about after the baby was born.  I mean the birth is only one moment.  Everything after is what I really should have been preparing for.  So at that moment I started reading…

Montessori at home guide: a short introduction to Maria Montessori and a practical guide to apply her inspiration at home for children ages 0-2 by A.M. Sterling.  By short it means really short.  Only nine pages are dedicated to the first six months of life.  This wet my whistle and I delved into the quintessential Montessori baby book.

Understanding the Human Being: the importance of the first three years of life by Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, M.D.  If you are scientifically minded this is the book for you.  Doctor Montanaro delves into brain, physical, and physiological development from prenatal to three years old.  She give us the why behind the things that we do for children of this age range.  Next up…

The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three by Susan Mayclin Stephenson.  If you are a Primary (3-6) guide and you haven’t read this book.  Go now and get it.  I wish I had read this book before taking over the classroom I lead for three years.  This book would have made a huge difference in helping the two and half year olds that routinely where place in my room.  If I was going to have a toddler classroom this book would be my bible.  These last two books I’ll have to admit I haven’t finished reading yet.  There was a little thing of running out of time to read since I gave birth and now have an almost four month old…

Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Thee by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen.  This is the book I’m working on reading in the very small moments I have to read these days.  It reminds and reinforces the things I read in the the other books.  And…

how to raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin.  This book is full of practical activities to do with your child.  While this book has a few infant things mostly it is geared towards an older child.  This book is definitely going to be in my rotation soon.  Finally, the book I didn’t even start…

Montessori Parenting: Unveiling the Authentic Self by Dr. Jim and Sonnie McFarland.  I’m looking forward to delving into this book as time allows.

All of these books are wonderful I’m not sure I could tease out just one book for parents new to Montessori, but I also realize that not everyone has the time or inclination to read six books on this subject.  I mean I haven’t even read them all and I’m a little OCD when it comes to reading.  Good luck fellow parents and I hope my brief reviews of these books has help.


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Three Months In

Time is moving so fast.  Though the days still feel unbearably long.  I have moments when I never want to put bébé down and times when I want someone else to take her just for a little bit so I can be my own person again.


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Classroom, Festivals, Holidays, Montessori, School

Pumpkin Patch


Happy Pumpkin Patch day! That you To Starbucks for making my chai latte so much better with coconut milk.

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Fall is here.  It is that time again for pumpkins and colored leaves.  This last Saturday my class went to pick pumpkins and I picked up a new scarf in honor of the event.  Here are some pictures from the farm.

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Classroom, Montessori, Portland OR

My Classroom: The begining

I guess I’ve been ignoring this space quite a bit lately.  I thought you all would like a glimpse into where I’ve been sending all my time.  Today’s post will have before pictures.  This is what the room looked like when I took over in September!
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On the Last day of the Congress

Emily and I went to the deepest underground train stop in North America.  
There they had a core sample and a time line.
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Montessori International Congress 2013

At the end of July we headed up to Portland.  I attended the Montessori Congress and we found a place to live.  Here are some of the highlights…
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Well my friends I’m officially a Montessori teacher.
Here are some photos from the diploma ceremony yesterday.
014Hanging out before the ceremony

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Getting seated


Listening intently to the speakers.

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Diploma in hand

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Alex and I after it was all said and done!
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Wordless Wednesday


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Material Making

Here is what I’ve been doing other than studying over spring break.  
First thing Monday morning all of this will be turned in for approval.
Vocabulary Enrichment cards 


Reading Classification Cards 

Phonetic Object Game

Five phonogram objects 


Article Game 
Logical Adjective Game 


Verb (independent work)


Verb Impressions  (independent work)


Continuation of Commands (1, 2, and 3 independent work)
Adverb  (independent work)


Logical Adverb Game 


Reading Analysis Stage One 


Word Study 


Compound Words 
Who am I? Stories.
Poem Cards 
What do all of you think of the materials I’ve made for my future classroom?
Books, East Coast, Life, Montessori, School



Today, it is snowing and it’s March 25th.

Today, I workout out to level one on the Jillian Michael’s 6-Week 6-Pack while watching season seven of the Biggest Looser.

Today, I’m studying for my written exams.

If the snow stops Alex and I are going to go see OZ.
Because I’m obsessed with OZ right now, for my birthday I pickup this Omnibus.

I didn’t realize how big it was until it arrived!

Happy Monday Everyone.