Childhood is measured by sounds
and smells and sights, before
the dark hour of reason grows.~John Betjeman
What's included for two- to three-year-olds:
1. Website access to documents & articles on:
- how to start, where to begin
- frequently asked questions about how to create a Montessori home environment
- creating activities
- observing your child in the Montessori environment
- get free or cheap materials for making activities
- supplies and a must-have Montessori materials lists
- recommended book list
- storing materials & activities
- creating a budget
- forums and blogs to join for support
- suggested weekly and monthly timelines.
2. Website access to links to affordable and free public Montessori material PDF downloads (when applicable)
3. Website access to Montessori lesson activities in Practical Life, Sensorial, Zoology, Science, Art, Language, Math, Geography, and Social Grace & Courtesy.
Most lesson activities have pictures, some have picture galleries (multiple pictures or photos), and others are text only. The lesson activities and articles are easy to download and save to your computer. Some of the lesson activities can be handmade or prepared with materials from home, others can be bought at Montessori suppliers.
4. Montessori articles & FAQs included:
- Absorbent Mind: "From birth to six is the stage of the absorbent mind. This is the type of mind with which the human baby, shortly after birth, starts taking in and absorbing the environment in which he finds himself. This is very different from the adult mind. The absorbent mind [of the child from birth to six] is..."
- Circle Time: "At the beginning, circle is simple. Towards the end of the year, it becomes richer and more complex.... One thing remains constant in all these circles--it is the..."
- Daily Routine
- The Home Preschool: "The materials you can start with are simple toys, practical life and sensorial materials: also toys, books, simple puzzles, and books that are familiar to the child. Slowly and gradually the young child will be weaned from them and intrigued by more challenging materials. But in the beginning give him..."
- The Human (Physical) Embryo: "Montessori says the spiritual expresses itself in the physical. Thinkers in every age have been struck by the astonishing fact that a being which at first does not exist should become a man or a woman able to think and to have ideas of his own. The infant starts from..."
- Independently Working: "Young preschoolers will be exploring their environment sensorially and there are projects you can make for them to do while you work with an older child. The key to it is to have..."
- Indirect Preparation: "We all learn according to what we already know. One sees, hears, and understands according to what one already knows. Whenever is printed on the subconscious experiences and will determine our reactions, and are a way of handling future experiences. This is the..."
- The Montessori Adult: "Consistency and continuity are the backbone of the Montessori environment. They are the order which brings security and allows the child to really unfold. The adult’s role in general is to..."
- Movement and Independence: "The moment [a child] is born he starts to move independently, and in order to reach independence he has to keep on moving. There are two types of movement..."
- Nurturing the Child's Home Environment: "The first step is to prepare the child's environment in such a way as to allow your child easy, safe access for both getting out and putting away her belongings, including..."
- The Sensitive Periods: "The sensitive periods are transitory periods in the child's life during which time she is prompted by an inner urge to focus her attention on certain elements in her environment. The activities and impressions resulting from this activity help the child to..."
- Siblings and Lessons, and Siblings Working Together
- Social Grace & Courtesy: Conflict Resolution; Care of the Environment FAQs; Discipline FAQs.
- The Three Period Lesson: "The Three Period Lesson is a way to present and introduce concepts and new terminology, or the names of things, to a child: new sounds (letters), numbers (symbols), geometric shapes, colors, and geography forms (like the land and water forms or the continents). It is also a way to..."
- My two-year-old seems interested in new activities, but then she will swat at the materials, sweeping everything off the table or across the floor. Do you know what this might mean? Or do you have any suggestions for me on this behavior?
- How do you tell if my toddler has mastered an activity?
- When do other toddlers...recognize individual letters? Should I be working on that? Is it too early to start with sandpaper letters and phonics?
- I'm having some difficulty encouraging my 27-month-old to stay engaged in one activity after introducing it. What do I do?
5. Lesson activities included:
- Open and Close Zips and Snaps
- Open & Close
- Cleaning Spills
- Putting on a Coat
- Dry Pouring Into Bowl
- Large Scrubbing
- Small Scrubbing
- Cheese Cutting
- Water Pouring
- Advanced Pouring
- Tea Party
- Washing a Table
- Washing a Window
- Using Mats/Rugs in the Classroom
- Sort Silverwarer
- Sorting Large Objects
- Sorting Small Objects One and Two including Button Sorting and Bead Sorting
- Match Fabric
- Froebel Bag
- Geometric Solids Intro
- Geometric Solids and Bases
- Cylinder Blocks
- Advanced Cylinder Blocks
- Color Box 1
- Color Box 2
- Thermic Tablets
- Pink Tower
- Brown Stairs
- Touch (Tactile) Boards
- Touch (Tactile) Tablets
- Feeding Fish
- Insect Matching
- Introduction to Animals
- Classify Animals
- Boats Experiment
- Bubbles and Air One and Air Two Experiments
- Sink and Float
- Simple Toddler to Threes Art Projects
- Metal Insets (beginning drawing of geometric shapes)
- More Art
- Beginning First Sounds
- The Classified Picture Cards
- I Spy Game
- Sand Paper Sounds/Letters
- Write Sand Paper Sounds/Letters
- Early Counting with Objects
- Home-made Counting
- Number Rods--math counting 1-10
- Sand Paper Numbers 1-9
- Spindle Boxes--math counting 0-9
- Color Bead Stair--math counting 1-9
- Land and Water Forms
- Land and Water Forms Match to Cards
- And How to Make
- Land and Water Globe
- World Globe or Color Globe
Social Grace & Courtesy:
- Conflict Resolution including Social Grace and Courtesy
- Care of the Environment FAQs
- Discipline FAQs
Montessori PDF ebooks included in the twos and threes age group:
1) Montessori in the Home FAQs for Birth to Nine, a 130-page, text-only, printer-friendly PDF. It addresses the many challenges that parents face when implementing the Montessori Method in a home (or homeschool) environment with children age birth to nine.
2) Read and Write the Montessori Way is a 135-page PDF that is designed for parents who want to incorporate Montessori language, reading, and writing into their home environment with children age two and one-half to five!
3) The Introduction to Montessori Art, Music, and Poetry Plus Planner is a 112-page PDF that is designed for parents who want to incorporate Montessori art, music, and poetry into their home environment with children age birth to nine. It also includes an organizer and a three-month planner.
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My TOP Recommended Montessori and Non-Montessori Toddler
Hands are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi, Ph.D
"This is such a great book and perfect to reinforce to your child what hands are for. It walks you through all the ways hand are used for i.e. hugging, holding mommy's hand, helping clean, building, etc., while gently reinforcing that hands are not for hitting. The back of the book gives parents ideas on phrases to say to your child when he/she hits. Super cute. This is addition to time out has made a huge difference in my toddler's behavior!"--Amazon review.
Ready, Set, Sleep (Kindle) by Malia Jacobson
"Malia has written the MOST AMAZING sleep guide. It is a quick read (and I am no avid reader), is logical, empathetic, and most of all... SUPER effective! After changing only three things in my 11-month-old's nighttime routine, I was able to get my son to sleep for TEN hours straight! He had previously been waking up every hour to two hours all night, every night. I never realized that the lack of sleep could be caused by my son being overtired and not getting enough sleep. Low and behold... that was the trick! Not only does Malia explain what to do about sleep problems, but she explains WHY to do them, making them make perfect sense. I believe this can work with any age child, and WILL WORK for any mommy or daddy who is sleep deprived, exhausted, and out of options. No need to cry it out, be the mean parent, or deal with exhaustion. This is HANDS DOWN the BEST $10.00 I've spent as a parent! Thanks Malia for an amazing resource!"--Amazon review.
First Art : Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos by MaryAnn F. Kohl, Renee F. Ramsey, Dana Bowman, Katheryn Davis
Read MY review here (of the used 2002 edition).
"I love this book. I checked book after book of toddler crafts and toddler play out of the library, but most of them made me think, "hmm, anyone could have thought of that." This is not one of those books. "I know this sounds ridiculous, but this book is helping me be a better parent. There is nothing like the total absorption of an art project to help me be fully present with my daughter. Other times I might physically be with her, but my mind is at least partly elsewhere, thinking adult thoughts, worrying mostly, I suppose, but while doing these art projects, I truly am with her in the moment, and smiling and laughing more than I have in ages." (Amazon.com customer review.)
Small Beginnings : First Steps to Prepare Your Toddler for Lifelong Learning [Montessori and Christian Parenting] by Barbara Curtis
"While playing, doodling, and just being a kid, your children can also be practicing muscle control, concentration, orderliness, and other basics that will help them later on. Barbara's insights will inspire you. And her time - saving techniques will convince you that even marathon moms have time to make the most of their toddler's natural energy and potential for success."--Forward by Dr. William Sears "This is a book I've turned to over and over again, to help me regain my perspective on my two children (born 14 months apart), or to glean some comfort, inspiration, advice, or encouragement. I've loaned it out more than 10 times, and have given it as a gift at countless baby showers. I've never met a person who writes so compassionately, affectionately and respectfully to parents and about toddlers, and her insights cast the Terrible Two's in an entirely different light. I don't consider myself deeply religious, but Mrs. Curtis' tone was not the least bit offensive, and she radiates love and common-sense wisdom." (Amazon.com customer review.)
The Toddler's Busy Book "Most popular!" by Trish Kuffner
"This book contains 365 activities (one for each day of the year) for one-and-a-half to three-year-olds using things found around the home. It shows parents and day-care providers how to: "Prevent boredom during the longest stretches of indoor weather with ideas for indoor play, kitchen activities, and arts and crafts projects.
Stimulate a child's natural curiosity with entertaining math, language, and motor-skills activities. Encourage a child's physical, mental, and emotional growth with ideas for fun music, food, water, and outdoor activities. Keep toddlers occupied during long car trips or cross-town errands.
"The Toddler's Busy Book is written with warmth and sprinkled with humor and insight. It should be required reading for anyone raising or teaching toddlers."--Product Description