A Giveaway of a Lifetime!

*******This giveaway is now closed! You can read about the winner & find out about NAMC’s discount code for their Homeschool Program here.***************

Recently, the NAMC (North American Montessori Center) debuted their new Montessori Homeschool Program for 3-6 (preschool). I had a chance to review it here, and in addition, they have generously provided one free program ($999 value) to give away!

This package includes 3 albums, 2 CD-ROMs of printable materials, and a whole bunch of hands-on materials for math, language, and sensorial!


The fine print:

This giveaway is open until next Sunday, February 20th at 12:00 pm (midnight) CST. The winner will chosen by random.org, and will be posted the next morning, Monday, February 21st and will also be contacted by email.

Shipping is available anywhere in the world, so anyone can enter!

Best of luck to everyone!

(Note: If you have any questions about the giveaway, please email me directly at montessoriforeveryone@gmail.com. If you have any questions about the NAMC Homeschool Program, please leave a comment at the review rather than here – this is for the giveaway only. Thanks!)

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541 Responses to “A Giveaway of a Lifetime!”

  • Sarah said at February 14th, 2011 at 8:45 pm :

    We homeschool because we believe that parents are the first and best educators of their children. We are so blessed to have the opportunity to teach and shape our children throughout their formative years.

    This is an amazing giveaway!

  • Sarah said at February 14th, 2011 at 8:47 pm :

    I posted a link on my blog: amongstlovelythings.com

  • Karen said at February 14th, 2011 at 8:49 pm :

    At this time I am considering having a daycare/school and using the Montessori materials to help teach the young ones in my care. I thank you for the opportunity to create a love of learning in the children I will be spending my days with. There is no better educational sytem (in my opinion) than what Montessori has to offer.

  • Jamie Bermudez said at February 14th, 2011 at 8:50 pm :

    A great start for great parents who want to teach their kids to be great too!

  • Elham said at February 14th, 2011 at 8:55 pm :

    I am planning to homeschool, especially for the preschool years, because I want my daughter’s senses and self to be awakened at her own pace. I want her to be free to express herself and to be heard. I feel that Montessori method offers a wonderful way to guide a child’s whole development, very different to what the public school system is set up to provide.

  • Carol said at February 14th, 2011 at 9:00 pm :

    I’m interested because we homeschool already, and also because my siblings & I went to Montessori school and loved it! I woudl love to be able to do it with my children!

  • Denise said at February 14th, 2011 at 9:00 pm :

    We homeschool our four children because we love spending time learning together. We move frequently and have lived on 3 continents so we see world as our classroom. Montessori is our method of choice because there is no better way to encourage a love of learning and independent, self-guided study.
    This would be the win of a lifetime for our family!

  • Kary said at February 14th, 2011 at 9:10 pm :

    We chose to homeschool because we beleived it was (and it still is) the best fit for our family. I am always looking for new materials to better help them and that will instill a greater love for learning.

  • Tonia A Thomas-Raibon said at February 14th, 2011 at 9:21 pm :

    WOW!!! What an awesome giveaway. I’m contemplating homeschooling because we are overseas in Korea and neither my husband or myself are impressed with the quality of education our 4th grader is receiving. We feel that grades are elevated (curved) in order to keep the teacher’s or the DOD schools rate higher than it really is.

  • Kelly said at February 14th, 2011 at 9:22 pm :

    We would like to home school our children for several reasons but mainly because we are constantly moving due to military obligations. We believe that the foundation for a education and love of learning starts with us. Home schooling would allow us to provide our daughter with a consistent form of education no matter where we are in the world. Additionally, I truly believe in the Montessori method of teaching for all children.

  • Jac said at February 14th, 2011 at 9:34 pm :

    Amazing, amazing giveaway! Why home school? To me home schooling my kid means that I can put my sole attention in giving him the best education; knowing how to pace with him in order to give him the best.

  • Irena said at February 14th, 2011 at 9:53 pm :

    I homeschool because I want my children to realize that learning is not confined to a classroom, nor is it confined to specific hours or days but, rather, it is a life long journey. It has enabled my children to get closer (instead of relying solely on peers) and make friends across a wide age range. I love Montessori because it is deeply respectful of the developmental process of the child. I am involved in a co-op that uses a faith-based Montessori curriculum (Maria Montessori herself was a very strong Christian). It is wonderful!

  • mme. kaur said at February 14th, 2011 at 10:04 pm :

    Thank you for all you do. This will be a wonderful addition to my homeschool.

  • Chick Pea said at February 14th, 2011 at 10:26 pm :

    My first introduction to Montessori education was reading Dr. Montessori’s book, THE MONTESSORI METHOD. I related to her passion for children and completely agreed (enthusiastically agreed, one could say) with her approach, especially in regards to the free will of the child.

    I want for my children to experience education as a whole; I do not wish to limit it to the confines of a schoolroom or playground…it is much more than that. Montessori education fosters a growth of awareness, a sense of peace and belonging, and provides a strong emphasis for the child’s spiritual growth and development. Each and every opportunity a child and parent is faced with can be a learning experience. I want to be present to witness the “spontaneous” learning that occurs and I want to be a part of what cultivated it in the first place. In conjunction with the financial limitations of actual enrollment, this is why my spouse and I have made the decision to homeschool.

  • Ruth said at February 14th, 2011 at 10:36 pm :

    Children naturally love to learn and love to imitate adult behavior. My children are the most precious gift in my life. I find unspeakable joy in watching their faces as they make a new discovery. Sharing in the journey that will take my children into adulthood and into their life mission is why I home educate.

  • Adam said at February 14th, 2011 at 11:14 pm :

    Our first child was born on 5 January 2011. We had spent two years before that discussing educational options and reading widely. Both my wife and I have tertiary qualifications, but none in education.

    It is impractical and uneconomic to devise a curriculum from scratch. We would first have to educate ourselves in pedagogy.

    The issue is: how you educate your children if you are not an educator?

    Montessori is the answer. You can use Montessori materials for homeschooling or supplement them with Montessori schooling.

    There is much about Montessori philosophy which is agreeable to people who believe in personal independence, freedom of thought. Montessori is the antithesis or the Prussian model of education and the enemy of rote learning. This is not to say that repetition does not have its uses, but Montessori is about learning why things are as they are. The learning is through discovery by personal experience.

  • Kelly said at February 15th, 2011 at 1:23 am :

    I firmly believe every school should be a Montessori school. Until such a time, I shall be homeschooling. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

  • rosa said at February 15th, 2011 at 3:40 am :

    natalie said it better than i could,,, but i totally second that…
    (“Who can love my children as much as me? Who cares about their future, their lives, their happiness more than me? A professional that I do not know? Should I trust my children in their formative years to an anonymous system with unknown ethics?

    THAT is why I think we should homeschool.

    Besides, I don’t believe the institutionalisation of children is in their best interests, even if it teaches conformity to society.”)

    awesome giveaway…

  • Erica said at February 15th, 2011 at 3:53 am :

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway! The Montessori method creates the ideal environment for children of all learning styles and abilities to thrive.

    Up until last year, my children attended a Montessori school. I began homeschooling them for many reasons – one of them being finances. I do think that American Montessori schools need to remind themselves of the beginnings of Dr. Montessori’s work – the slums of Italy. Sadly, the cost of many Montessori schools is becoming exorbitant and a possibility for only the financial elite. It is my hope that this method of learning be made available to all children. Thank you for this opportunity to win this giveaway!

  • Monica Utsey said at February 15th, 2011 at 4:09 am :

    I am so happy to Montessori programs made specifically for homeschoolers! I am attempting to Montessori homeschool and often wish I had an easy guide/format to follow. This program looks perfect!

    Our family chose homeschooling initially because of the freedom to travel with my husband and take the children. We fell in love with homeschooling and it has been a blessing in times of crisis. We homeschooled through my second son’s premature birth, my husband’s massive stroke and recovery, and now my mother’s life threatening battle with diabetes. Homeschooling has made us stronger.

  • Becky said at February 15th, 2011 at 4:42 am :

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said above? This would be a dream come true! We have been homeschooling for 9 years and I can’t think of anything that would be more helpful than this program.
    While homeschooling has not always been the easy road to take, it has been such a blessing for our family!

  • Elizabeth H. said at February 15th, 2011 at 4:45 am :

    What a great prize! We took our eldest daughter out of school five years ago (after six weeks at school) and haven’t looked back. I could spend all day listing the advantages but had better go and get on with it!

  • Becky said at February 15th, 2011 at 4:52 am :

    I posted about the program on my blog ~


    What a great opportunity!

  • Indu Ephraim said at February 15th, 2011 at 5:22 am :

    Thanks to NAMC. I am a student of NAMC , made me more confident in what I do . I work with 3 to 6 yrs. old and get the satisfaction. The parents are proud of their little achievers and the children are happy all the time. What does a teacher want more than this? I am proud to be a montessori teacher. One of my parents was motivated and did her certification in NAMC.

  • myriam pedersen said at February 15th, 2011 at 5:41 am :

    I just love Montessori teaching and with struggling learners it is even more important!!!

  • Patty Malek said at February 15th, 2011 at 5:42 am :

    I am homeschooling my child this year because he needed to be reminded of how special, and smart, and creative, and uniquely wonderful a person he is, and there was no better way to do that than to spend this school year learning with him.

  • Nicole said at February 15th, 2011 at 6:10 am :

    I homeschool to ensure my children get the education they deserve. I am looking now for an elementary homeschool packet like this to continue on.

  • Susan said at February 15th, 2011 at 6:32 am :

    Ido family child care and Ihave been doing it for over 33 years and Ido homeschool with the children and the parents like it as we are learning everyday. I really enjoy doing it. Susan

  • Whitney said at February 15th, 2011 at 6:41 am :

    I stay home with our 3 year old & infant son… we love Montessori philosophy & try to parent & teach that way.

  • Maria Villa said at February 15th, 2011 at 6:48 am :

    We homeschool because of the beautiful family bonds it builds and because we believe we can tailor their education to fit each child’s unique needs.

  • Beth said at February 15th, 2011 at 6:57 am :

    I have five children ages six and under and I am currently homeschooling two of them. Homeschooling has so many benifits for the children and the family as a whole. We want to share with our children all that is good, true, and beautiful, and homeschooling has enabled us to begin that with them. I would love to encorporate more of Maria Montessori’s methods. She has such a beautiful perspective on the dignity of the child!

  • Rachel said at February 15th, 2011 at 7:10 am :

    What a phenomenal giveaway! We decided to homeschool before our children (now four and 18 months) were born. I love the dignity afforded to children by the Montessori system, the fact that they can each progress their own rate. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win this package – it would be such a blessing to our growing family.

  • kori said at February 15th, 2011 at 7:16 am :

    NAMC has been on my montessori homeschooling radar — and on our blog — since the beginning of our homeschooling journey. i hope this makes it easy for other montessori homeschooling newbies. http://goodtreemontessori.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/quick-start-montessori-homeschooling-with-namc/

  • Sharon Horton said at February 15th, 2011 at 7:32 am :

    Have been homeschooling for 16 years, would love to use this program for
    the youngest. Sharon

  • Mary said at February 15th, 2011 at 8:17 am :

    I started homeschooling using Montesorri methods. This would be wonderful to have for the younger set.

  • Alma said at February 15th, 2011 at 8:36 am :

    I homeschool my children because parents will always be the best and first educators for our children. Mine are 4 and 2 and I completely believe that this is what is best for them in our state (texas) …. as a child that was lost in the public schools of the state for a long time I dont want the same to happen to mine.

  • Emily said at February 15th, 2011 at 8:37 am :

    I’ve been homeschooling for many years, and I’ve recently been reading up on Montessori methods for my 2 year old. This would be wonderful to have for her when she’s ready!

  • Kerri said at February 15th, 2011 at 9:10 am :

    Hello! I have 3 children, ages 2, 4 & 5-1/2! We started homeschooling this year with traditional textbook methods, but after a few months needed a break. We have continued the past couple months with a more relaxed, natural learning type mentality. We love hands on learning that is applicable to daily life, not busy work! We are homeschooling for the long haul, and are excited to see how it unfolds in the lives of our children. I was raised in a homeschooling family and love the gentle, free learning that happens at home. Although I wasn’t raised with the Montessori program, I have heard nothing but high praise, and from the research I’ve done believe it to be an exceptional way of learning. Thank you for your generosity in offering these learning materials to people who would otherwise not be able to enjoy the Montesorri program!

  • Katie said at February 15th, 2011 at 9:30 am :

    This is such an incredibly generous giveaway! I would love to use this program while homeschooling my 3 year old.

  • Tonya said at February 15th, 2011 at 9:34 am :

    I was homeschooled back in the days when it was still not fully acceptable or well known as an option. I love how that has not only changed, but that there are so many options for parents who want to homeschool their children. I taught in a Montessori school and had the opportunity to observe several other schools and was amazed just how much like home schooling, it was. I loved how self motivated the children were to learn and the quality of their work impressed me. Now as I am preparing to homeschool my own family I look forward to homeschooling the Montessori way.

  • Rokina said at February 15th, 2011 at 10:38 am :

    OMG!!! I am so excited!!! It would be a true blessing to win this!!! I am in the process of starting a Montessori Homeschool and I am finding out how expensive everything is! I have had three yard sales to raise money to buy materials but it is still not enough. I am going to homeschool my daughter who will be 4 next month and then offer underprivileged children in my community with free Montessori tutoring. Unfortunately, the public school system IS failing our children. I am so passionately dedicated to do all that I can to help as many children have a solid foundation and a love for learning before they have no other choice but to be enrolled into a failing system. I truly believe that If all of us Home-schoolers can give this gift to at least one child in our community we will be able to make a positive change in our world for the future of everyone and everything! 🙂

    “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” M. Gandhi

  • VJ said at February 15th, 2011 at 11:02 am :

    Thanks NAMC and Louri Bourne for this kind initiative. Wishing every parent with sunshine, smile and 99% luck to get this giveaway. I am passionate about education and especially the way its rendered through Montessori methods.

    Pls visit my blog at http://veuwpoint.blogspot.com/2011/02/home-schooling-montessori-way.html

  • Susanne Marti said at February 15th, 2011 at 11:16 am :

    I would be so greatful to receive this “giveaway”! I already use Montessori material and it is just perfekt for children of all ages. Here in Germany you start preschool at the age of 4 to 5 years, so years are wasted not doing much and that is where I step in, because I see how much the children love and enjoy to learn using all their senses to explore the world they live in. I truly believe that Montessori makes a big difference in a child’s life.

  • Becky Slezal said at February 15th, 2011 at 11:54 am :

    I have been researching and looking online for montessori preschool curriculum and was SO happy to have found NAMC’s website as well as Montessori for Everyone! I plan on starting homeschool with my son in the fall simply because we live in a rural area and there are no montessori schools near us – all are at least an hour away. I am blessed to be able to stay at home with him and believe this is the way for us to go! I have read and heard so many great things about the Montessori Method and know that this curriculum is a continued way of learning for our son in a way we are already ‘teaching’ him. I love that!

  • Amber said at February 15th, 2011 at 12:07 pm :

    Thank you so much for the chance to win a fantastic program!

    We are a military family stationed overseas in Scotland and there are not any Montessori schools in our area. I can’t wait to start a formal homeschooling program with my three-year old. When we return to the US, I want to become a certified Montessori teacher. Especially now after the birth of our baby with special needs, I look to the Montessori education philosophy for guidance in teaching my children. Thanks again for the opportunity!

  • Nicole said at February 15th, 2011 at 12:10 pm :

    Winning this curriculum would be a blessing to me and family. It will help me correctly teach the montessori curriculum and ensure years of happy learning.

  • Jami said at February 15th, 2011 at 12:10 pm :

    What an amazing offer you are giving! I homeschool my children and have from the beginning (I have a 4th grader, 2nd grader, 3 year old, and a one year old). I would love love love this resource for my younger two children. Montessori for life!

  • Jami said at February 15th, 2011 at 12:31 pm :

    I posted this to my blog!

  • Jig said at February 15th, 2011 at 12:33 pm :

    School is an invisible entity to perform below mentioned two major activities. I don’t think that true values of school is running in DNA of professional school. I would like to try my best to give right education to my child and enjoy time doing it along with him.

    Educate: to bring up or guide the powers of, as a child; to develop and cultivate, whether physically, mentally or morally, but more commonly limited to the mental activities or senses.

    Education: properly a drawing forth, implies not so much the communication of knowledge as the discipline of the intellect, the establishment of the principles, and the regulation of the heart.

  • Christelle said at February 15th, 2011 at 1:16 pm :

    Wow what a great giveaway! This would be perfect for us as we are finally converting to mainly Montessori education for all our children at home, having tried other methods and found them very much lacking. Our youngest recently tried a Montessori pre-school but did not like being away from his sisters. I still feel Montessori is the best approach for him as he is a very restless child who relies on others for his entertainment and I would love for him to find inner peace. We don’t believe mainstream school is good for any of our children as all it teach is how to conform and it does little to foster a love of learning. Unfortunately there are no Montessori primary schools where we live either, so we educate our children at home.