Books & Reading

Montessori-Inspired Children’s Books Bring Montessori to Life

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Many of you are familiar with Trevor Eissler and his mission to spread the word about the Montessori method. His newest venture, June Books, is a series of children’s books aimed to raise awareness of the Montessori method.

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The Power of Reading Aloud to Children

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

I don’t think I could overestimate the importance of reading aloud to children, even after they have learned to read. Sure, we all read to babies and toddlers, although some of us may not do it as often as we should. But many times we stop reading out loud to children in older grades. We’re missing out on a great opportunity.

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A Comparison of Beginning Phonics Readers

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

My daughter, age 5 ½, is currently using phonetic readers. Because I like to try different things to see which works best, I’ve ended up purchasing quite a few different sets for her in addition to the ones I already had.

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Recommended Books for the Elementary Classroom

Monday, February 9th, 2009

A couple of months ago, I received an email from a Montessori elementary teacher. In it, she posed this question: “If I bought only one reference book for my classroom, which book should I buy?”

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What Kind of Reading Program Belongs in Montessori?

Monday, January 26th, 2009

One question I’m frequently asked is, “What kind of reading program should Montessori classrooms be using?” The Montessori curriculum covers every imaginable topic, but there is no specific set of books that is firmly linked to the Montessori method. I’m going to look at a few different possibilities for reading programs in the Montessori classroom, […]

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Using Stories to Teach Math Concepts

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Anyone who knows me – even casually – knows that I love books. I mean, I really love books. Growing up, I was not a big fan of math. Luckily, the Montessori training changed all that, but I still like using storybooks to teach math concepts. I think they work really well in a classroom, and can provide a boost for children (like I was) who aren’t naturally gifted in math.

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Montessori Basics 2: A Guide to Montessori Books

Friday, April 27th, 2007

I’m excited to continue my “Montessori Basics” series with this next post. I’ve assembled a list (with links) to the best printed resources for parents and teachers. The sources vary, since not every company carries every book. In most cases the titles are self-explanatory, but click on any link and you’ll be able to read […]

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Recommended Reading for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

I came across this list the other day – it’s something I put together for a mom’s group that I spoke to about reading and children. I thought it might be helpful, so take a look!For Babies and Toddlers — Board BooksThe Very Hungry Caterpillar and other books by Eric CarleBut Not the Hippopotamus! and […]

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Books, Books, Books

Friday, February 16th, 2007

I’ve always loved books. Growing up, my friends and family knew that so I often got books for birthday and Christmas presents. I have numerous memories of being at someone’s birthday party and curling up with a book in a bedroom while everyone else watched the birthday child open presents. Anyway, by the time I […]

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A Montessori Story

Friday, January 26th, 2007

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that even though I’ve been involved with Montessori for 11 years, I only recently heard of the delightful novel Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. It’s a charming tale (much in the style of Little House on the Prairie) that brings to life the Montessori method in a creative […]

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