Welcome to our page all about Montessori! Implementing Montessori can be an overwhelming process. It certainly was for me, at least! With all of the resources out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. To help you in the process of implementing Montessori, whether it’s at home, your homeschool, or you are opening a Montessori school, I am sharing our resources about Montessori in one place!
What is Montessori?
Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future. -Dr. Maria Montessori
Montessori is an approach to education. It is an approach to learning created by Dr. Maria Montessori. However, Montessori for my family is a life style and a way to look at the world. A crucial aspect of Montessori education is treating children with respect and dignity. This respect for our children impacts my parenting to the core, above and beyond the moments when I am teaching them.
When my son Yvann was a baby, I started researching Montessori. Slowly, my husband and I began to make changes to our homes and lives based on the approach. It has been a slow and beautiful process. I have spent countless hours researching, reading, and putting together learning activities at home.
If you are brand, brand new to Montessori, I recommend reading the book How To Raise An Amazing Child the Montessori Way. It really is a great starting point and reads much easier than Dr. Montessori’s own work. For a full list of literature, please read my Recommended Reading about the Montessori Method article.
For us, Montessori at home goes beyond learning activities. It is a life style. It is based on treating your children as capable individuals who deserve dignity. Because of this, I have learned to be more patient with my children, as well as with myself.
You can read about how Dr. Montessori’s work and ideas have impacted our parenting style in these articles:
- The importance of self care
- You don’t need to be the perfect Montessori parent
- Montessori for infants: respecting babies
- Peaceful parenting: respecting children
- What to do if your child won’t share
- How we accidentally do our children a disservice
- Breastfeeding advice and tips
Getting started with Montessori at home
I often get asked the question:
I want to start doing (Montessori) learning activities at home. Where do I start? What should we do?
When it comes to implementing Montessori style learning activities at home, there are a few simple steps you can take to begin.
- Remove unnecessary clutter and toys from your children’s space.
- Get down to your children’s level.
- Think about what is necessary to place back. What is aesthetically pleasing?
- Decorate the space with beautiful objects that are placed at your child’s eye level – where they can see them.
- Create as many opportunities for independence as possible.
Here are some useful articles for implementing Montessori at home (or if you are a new teacher, caregiver, etc):
- What to do you if your child does not like the Montessori activities you create
- How to present Montessori activities
- How to present puzzles to toddlers
- Set up Montessori activities
Practical life activities
Before moving on to academics, I think that it is important that children work on a lot of practical life activities.
Practical life activities help prepare children’s hands for writing, their minds for concentration, and help children to become independent and confident. Children love to help their parents and to do tasks around the house. It is also important to give them many opportunities to take care of themselves. As parents or caregivers, Montessori believed that we should give children the tools to be independent and to teach them how to do things for themselves.
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
To learn about implementing practical life activities, please visit these articles:
- Teaching children to use a kitchen knife safely
- Progression of knives – teaching children to use a kitchen knife
- Valentine’s Day practical life activities
- Valentine’s Day practical life activities for toddlers
- Heart snacks kids can make
- Pumpkin pancakes recipe with printable for kids
- October practical life activities
- March themed practical life activities
- February practical life activities
- January and winter themed practical life activities
- January practical life activities
- September practical life activities
- August practical life activities
- Fall lacing cards
- Outdoor car wash
- Flour sifting work
- Flour arranging work
- Cooking with toddlers
- Africa themed unit practical life activities
Implementing (academic) Montessori Activities
This system in which a child is constantly moving objects with his hands and actively exercising his senses, also takes into account a child’s special aptitude for mathematics. -Dr. Maria Montessori
Montessori math materials and activities are brilliantly designed! Montessori math begins at a young age with preparatory materials, such as the knobbed cylinders. Eventually counting is taught using rods, beads, or the teens board. Montessori math materials are designed to become progressively more difficult. The materials involve using the hand, which is an essential aspect of Montessori learning activities.
You can see some of our math themed extensions in these articles
- DIY sandpaper numbers
- Umbrella counting cards 3 ways to count
- Montessori beads 3 part cards 0-30
- Using Montessori beads to teach the value of money
- Butterfly numbers bundle
- Snowman fractions printables
- Gross motor activities with numbers
- Books for counting
- Penguin shape matching printables
- Winter counting practice
- 3 colours activities for toddlers
Just like Montessori math activities are hands on, so are Montessori language activities. They mind is prepared for reading and writing first. Children learn to distinguish sounds, letter sounds, and learn phonics rather than letter names.
When it comes to writing, the hand is also prepared first with practical life activities, teaching grasp and developing fine motor skills. Salt (or sand) trays are introduced to practice writing with the assistance of sandpaper letters. These activities contribute to muscle memory, which prepares children’s hands for writing letters with a pencil afterwards.
- Ultimate language bundle (Pink series)
- DIY sandpaper letters
- Montessori classification cards: insects vs flowers
- Hot vs cold classification cards
- Types of butterflies 3 part cards
- Types of penguins 3 part cards
- Montessori salt writing trays
- Penguin salt tray cards
- Simple sentence cards
- Letter of the Week (phonics) printables
Exploring nature and the earth around us is an integral aspect of Montessori education. Children are natural observers. Even the youngest children are absolutely fascinated by little insects, flowers, grass, and nature in general. Aside from spending a lot of time outdoors, studying nature and the earth is a very important aspect of Montessori.
In our learning activities, we conduct experiments, study zoology, botany, health and more! You can introduce these topics even to very young children, and including toddlers. Dr. Montessori recognized that children have an absorbent mind. They want to know the names of things, what they are, etc. You can help children to learn these things using Montessori style 3 part cards, as well as real objects.
A personal note: I am truly passionate about this aspect of Montessori education. We provide learning activities about science, the earth, nature. I also teach my son to treat our earth with respect and to care for it. That means that beyond teaching what pollution or recycling are, it is a basic expectation in our home that we recycle, attempt to minimize our footprint on this earth, and try to lead a natural life style.
You can read about our science activities in these articles:
- Montessori animal themed printables
- Animals that hibernate printables
- Animals and their tracks cards
- Clouds 4 part cards
- Water cycle and weather unit
- Growing beans at home
- Butterfly 3 part cards
- Butterfly themed unit
- St Patrick’s Day science experiment for toddlers
- Valentine’s Day science activities
- Space unit
Studying geography in Montessori education has two important components: studying physical geography and studying cultural geography. Physical geography means learning about the physical attributes of the earth, creation of the universe, etc. Cultural geography is the study of cultures and the human race. This aspect of Montessori education teaches children that
we are all members of the human race who must co-exist peacefully in order to survive. NAMC teacher training blog
- Resources for a unit study of Africa
- Africa themed practical life activities
- African landmarks printables
- African animals printables
- Africa themed cultural cards
- China themed activities
- Beautiful places in China 4 part cards
- Beautiful places in China cards
- France 3 part cards
- North American mammals cards
Do you need some extra help with getting started with Montessori at home or in your school? Please, do visit our Facebook community Montessori Inspiration at Home! You will get extra insight into Montessori with regular facebook live sessions, q and a, get started with the Montessori challenge, as well as forming a community with like minded individuals.
Remember, we always treat each other with grace and courtesy. This holds true for our group! We have worked hard to screen members and create a safe community. We treat each other with kindness and we will do so for you, as well! Feel free to ask questions, we are there for you!