As a parent, getting started with Montessori can be overwhelming. The internet is filled with so much information that it is difficult to focus on the fundamentals without getting overly academic. There are several books that detail all the nuances of the Montessori Method, as well as several written by Maria Montessori herself. But if If you’re looking to start applying Montessori in your home immediately, these books are the best books to begin with.
Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three, by Paula Polk Lillard & Lynn Lillard Jessen
This is definitely one of our favorites for parents diving into the Montessori method with a newborn or young toddler. The authors do a great job of explaining several aspects of the Montessori approach to raising children before diving into the more practical and pragmatic activities.
“From the design of the baby’s bedroom to the child-sized kitchen table, from diet and food preparation to clothing and movement, the authors provide guidance for the establishment of a beautiful and serviceable environment for babies and very young children.”
A lot of parents recommend reading this while you’re pregnant so you can start to prepare your home environment from the ground up with Montessori in mind. This definitely makes a great baby shower gift!
The Montessori Toddler: A Parent’s Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being, by Simone Davies
By far one of those most well-organized and approachable books on applying Montessori principles during a child’s early years, this is one of the must-have’s for any parent. The book sections and chapters are clearly describe and the author offers many ideas and activities that you can apply right away. She includes photos of example home setups which really bring it home.
“This is a down-to-earth, accessible book that makes Montessori at home doable. She provides clear ideas for discipline and parenting, and it’s written in a friendly, parent-to-parent way.” —Book Riot
Practical Guide to the Montessori Method at Home: With more than 100 activity ideas from 0 to 6, by Julia Palmarola
This is a great book providing historical context and a complete explanation of the thinking behind Maria Montessori’s approach to education. After setting this foundational stage, the author goes into a large collection of activities.
It includes a basic introduction to the principles of the Montessori philosophy as well as several illustrated examples of how to apply it at home, classified by subject and age, and explained clearly and concisely,