For Small Hands

Montessori for Twos and Threes

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 Lisa Nolan's 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 Lisa Nolan's 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. THREE free Montessori ebooks/PDFs (a 11.97 value) included in the twos and threes age group:

1) Montessori in the Home FAQs for Birth to Nine is a 130-page, text-only, printer-friendly ebook (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 (a 3.99 value)!

The ebook/PDF is divided into several sections:

  • Infant FAQs
  • Toddler FAQs
  • Should You Montessori Homeschool? Questions and Answers
  • FAQs about Montessori Homeschooling
  • FAQs about Montessori Language, Reading, and Writing
  • FAQs about Montessori Subjects
  • FAQs about Behavior-Related Issues when Trying to Montessori Homeschool
  • The Child and the Montessori Environment
  • Montessori and non-Montessori resources

Sample of this PDF:

This ebook/PDF is not a Montessori album.

2) Read and Write the Montessori Way 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! This 135 page ebook/PDF (a 3.99 value) includes:
  • over 20 lesson activities
  • a 45-page printer-friendly version (text only)
  • links to password-protected photo galleries
  • resources (like how to make or where to buy)
  • books to read
It is organized by age (three to five), easy to use, go at your own pace!
Sample of this PDF:

3) The Introduction to Montessori Art, Music, and Poetry Plus Planner ebook/PDF is designed for parents who want to incorporate Montessori art, music, and poetry into their home environment with children age birth to nine. This 112-page ebook/PDF (a 3.99 value) also includes an organizer and a three-month planner, as well as:

  • simple lesson activities
  • text only for easy printing
  • links to photo galleries at SmugMug
  • resources (like what and where to buy)
  • suggested books to read

Sample of this PDF:

6. One month of free consulting for ages birth to three, via Facebook or email!

More info here:


"Hi! thanks so much for the wonderful resources. we are living in sakhalin, russia so we are so excited that with your program stephen will be able to experience the montessori methods. thanks again!" --jackie

"I finally had a chance to explore your program and I must say that I really LOVE it.  The information you share is amazing!  The sites that you have listed and the you tube videos are filled with more information than I ever expected for the small fee that you charge.  I am so happy to have found you!!  The children in my care and I will benefit from your ideas and research.  Thanks again for all of the guidance."--Pam K.

"I love your site-it's exactly what I spent 6 months looking for!  BTW, the biggest help was the daily routine and how you set things up--knowing what someone elses Prepared Environment looked like really helped in creating ours. And, when you get your child a plant to take care of, don't get a cactus. Thanks for your help!"--Peggy

"I loved your program. I found it very helpful.... I teach head start in San Diego. We are not Montessori but I have the training and try to add Montessori when possible. Your [web]site was very good."--Diane Sabeghi

"Thanks again for all of the easy to understand links and info. One of the things that grated on my nerves about my Montessori training was the all or nothing approach.  I felt like if the children picked up something the wrong way all was lost.  I don't feel that judgment from your material.  I know it is best to hold as fast and true to the original as possible but sometimes it isn't practical.  I am looking forward to integrating as much Montessori  as possible into my own style of teaching with my children. This is definitely giving me a place to start."--Cheryl

If you click on my affiliate product links--and
make a purchase, I get a small commission. This
helps fund Montessori materials, activities, and
books I can get for my special needs son. A big THANK YOU
in advance of any purchases you make! ~Lisa Nolan