Resources and Links
The llst of resources provided below is oriented to the needs of parents who may be new to Montessori. It includes introductory texts, material, and online links to support parent education in the Montessori field. If you need a suggestion for a resource that does not appear on this list, please contact us and we'd be happy to make a recommendation.
Looking for a contemporary introduction to Montessori? Consider these well-written and comprehensive options:
Understanding Montessori - by Maren Schmidt
Montessori Madness – by Trevor Eisler
Montessori and Your Child: A Primer for Parents – Terry Malloy
Montessori: A Modern Approach – Paula Polk Lillard
Writings by Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori wrote prolifically throughout her life. The titles below offer an overview of her theories:
The Absorbent Mind
The Child in the Family
The Secret of Childhood
What You Should Know About Your Child
Other Noteworthy Books for Parents
The list of books below includes noteworthy or practical texts in the Montessori literature:
Understanding the Human Being– by Silvana Montanaro
Nurturing the Spirit– by Aline Wolf
At Home with Montessori– Patricia Oriti
In a Montessori Home (book and DVD) – Sarah Moudry
100 Child Development Tips– Heather Pederson
Montessori Play and Learn– Lesley Britton
Montessori Associations and Organizations
Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) – founded by Maria Montessori in 1929 and with teacher training offered in 35 countries around the world.
AMI-USA – Branch office of AMI, located in Rochester, New York.
North American Montessori Teacher’s Association (NAMTA) – An affiliate organization of AMI, open to parents, teachers, and anyone else interested in Montessori education.
Oregon Montessori Association (OMA) – Grassroots organization committed to advancing Montessori throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Also a great way to find a school in Oregon.
The Montessori materials are designed to be precise, well-constructed and durable. The following websites feature Montessori materials for all levels of Montessori education:
Nienhuis Montessori – Montessori material manufacturer, in operation since 1929.
Juliana Group – Savannah, GA-based distributor of Gonzagareddi materials, crafted in Italy since 1911.
Other Montessori suppliers
Michael Olaf – online supplier of Montessori items for the home and school
Montessori Services – another fine supplier of items for the home
Lakeshore Learning – supplier of interactive toys, learning aids, books and furniture