I have had this book checked out from the library for waaaaaay too long. It’s been so long that the library sent me a letter asking for a return but I’m still not ready to take it back! I’m placing an Amazon order today though and it’s definitely a book worth owning.
The best thing about this book is the pictures! When I first started investigating Montessori education I found some books that had a lot of great information about the principals and implementing the methods. I had a hard time reading these books because it felt tedious to sit down at the end of a long day to read the lengthy descriptions and ideas about Montessori learning.
I really enjoyed learning about “floor beds” and setting up a Montessori bedroom
Several months ago I joined a wonderful Facebook group of parents and teachers who share their ideas about Montessori learning. Are you interested in joining the group? Send me a message on Facebook and I’ll share the group info with you! It was a bit overwhelming at first to see all of their unusual ideas and even a bit intimidating to be a part of a group of more than 9,000 people. The group is such an awesome resource though, so I asked for a recommendation of an “easy reading book that my husband and I can flip through without having to dedicate a lot of time to read each section very thoroughly.” That’s what led me to Tim Seldin’s book!
The book covers birth through 6 years old and focuses on learning at home and learning through nature. It’s just what I was looking for! I do not want to have a classroom or school setting in my home, but I do want to try some of the great Montessori ideas that I’ve heard about.
I learned about the basic ideas and goals of the Montessori approach and read about some fun (inexpensive) learning activities to try. There’s also a lot of information about how to set up your home to encourage your child’s independence and create an inviting space for them to learn.
photos make me feel like the book is easier to read a little bit at a time
The book includes a lot of useful advice for older kids such as positive discipline and allowing your child to help with chores around the house. Awesome, I can’t wait for that! I see myself using this book for years to come. I hope you check it out, and please let me know what you think about it!Share it!