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My 116-page PDF ebook Beginning Montessori with Infants and Tots Birth to 24 Months has 50 lessons for infants and tots, including un-toys using upcycled and recycled materials and items from around the house. Some of the lesson activities can be handmade or prepared with materials from home, others can be bought at Montessori suppliers. It also includes my Montessori documents and FAQs for 0 to 24-month-olds, including The Absorbent Mind and Sensitive Periods in a Nutshell; Fine Motor Development (In Infants); How to Modify Toys in the Environment; How to Rotate Activities; and Siblings Working Together. SAMPLE of Beginning Montessori PDF.

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Should You Montessori Homeschool? The decision is huge and one of the most important you will ever make for your family! My Should You Montessori Homeschool? 25-page mini-ebook PDF is filled with real questions from real parents, out of the many email inquiries I have received over the past 15 years, including whether or not to Montessori homeschool. SAMPLE of Should You Montessori Homeschool? pdf.

 ~Lisa Nolan

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My 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.

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

View the 59-page sample here (the table of contents is static, it is not clickable).

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I love, love, love to read, review, share passages from, and chat about books for parents and educators ESPECIALLY Montessori, forest and nature school, Waldorf, special needs and developmental delays, child-brain development, and early-to-late literacy! Here is a list of the books I'm going to review, chat about, and share passages from in the early months of 2020:, 

Imagine Childhood: 25 Projects that Spark Curiosity and Adventure by Sarah Olmsted: "For children, their potential is limitless, curiosity is an electrical current, and every moment is open to the possibility of the unexpected. Day-to-day life is filled with adventure. Roadblocks are invitations to try new routes. And the world is vast and expansive. This book is a celebration of childhood through the crafts and activities that invite wonder and play. The twenty-five projects and activities in this book are meant to speak to the way children engage with the world. These projects are not about what is produced in the en

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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 includes:

  • over 20 lesson activities
  • a 45-page printer-friendly version (text only)
  • books to read

It is organized by age (three to five), easy to use, go at your own pace! Want to view a 19-page sample of my Reading and Writing the Montessori Way ebook PDF? (You can download it and save it to your computer.) Included in this sample are The Sensitive Period for Language; Montessori Language & Outline for Ages Three to Nine; The Classified Picture Cards; Sandpaper Letters or Sounds; and the ​ I Spy Game. (The table of contents in this sample is static, it is not clickable.) SAMPLE of Montessori Language Ebook PDF.pdf

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My 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 ages three to six. This 112-page ebook/PDF also includes an organizer and a three-month planner, as well as:

  • simple lesson activities
  • text-only for easy printing
  • resources (like what and where to buy)
  • suggested books to read

Here is a 39-page sample of my Introduction to Montessori Art, Music, and Poetry ebook PDF for three- to six-year-olds (the table of contents in this sample is static, it is not clickable): SAMPLE of Montessori Art, Music, Poetry Ebook.pdf.

Want to buy the stand-alone ebook PDF, instead of becoming a member? Visit my Montessori e-junkie shop by clicking here!

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My Montessori [Planner] Organizer for three- to six-year-olds is designed for moms who are beginning their journey into incorporating Montessori in their home environment! It is over 90 pages long, printer-friendly, black and white text, easy to use, go at your own pace, and created by me, Lisa Nolan, a trained Montessori teacher, and mom! It includes a list of must-haves for two- and three-year-olds, and a “how-to” on giving a Three-Period Lesson. It is ideal for preschool-age children, but can also work for toddlers age 24 months and up (they grow fast)! The Montessori [Planner] Organizer will organize by 1) Montessori subjects, 2) months of the year, 3) seasons, and 4) themes. You will be able to list 1) materials including DIY and printables, affordable, and expensive, 2) list Montessori sellers, 3) list lessons you have given, 3) list YouTube lessons to watch, 4) list rooms in the home environment, 5) list Montessori blogs, books, groups of interest, and much more! Here is a sa

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I love, love, love to read, review, share passages from, and chat about books for parents and educators ESPECIALLY Montessori, forest and nature school, Waldorf, special needs and developmental delays, child-brain development, and early-to-late literacy!

Here is part one of a five-part series in which I chatted about and shared passages from the book, Artful Scribbles: The Significance of Children's Drawings by Howard Gardner. I also shared my own experiences of child development as it correlates to children's artwork--including age two with the importance of scribbling. This is an earlier podcast episode that was not edited so please excuse its roughness! (I now edit all my podcast episodes.) You can download and or listen to it here (18 minutes) 12 Artful Scribbles 01.

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~Lisa Nolan

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In this sample podcast episode, I share five new Montessori-friendly children's picture books (from my local library) to read in 2019 (and 2020)! This is an earlier podcast episode that was not edited so please excuse its roughness! (I now edit all my podcast episodes.)

These books are perfect for ages three to six! Listen to it (14 minutes long) or download it from here 32 Five Kid Books for 2019. Books I chat about: 1) Everything You Need For a Treehouse by Carter Higgins with illustrations by Emily Hughes, 2) Ten Cents a Pound by Nhung N. Tran-Davies with illustrations by Josée Bisaillon, 3) When I Grow Up by Julie Chen with illustrations by Diane Goode, 4) My Hair is a Garden by author-illustrator Cozbi A. Cabrera, and 5) Crow Not Crow by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple with Illustrations by Elizabeth O. Dulemba.

Me on goodreads: other picture books I've read | middle-grade readers I've read | follow me on goodreads 

~Lisa Nolan

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In this sample podcast episode, I share six new Montessori-friendly picture books with diverse and important themes! This is an earlier podcast episode that was not edited so please excuse its roughness! (I now edit all my podcast episodes.)

Listen here 42_Wonderful_new_picture_books_with_diverse_and_important_themes (12 minutes). The books I cover in this episode are 1) The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates, 2) What a Cold Needs by Barbara Bottner and Chris Sheban, 3) Drawn Together by Minh Lê and Dan Santat, 4) Grandma's Tiny House: A Counting Story! by Janay Brown-Wood and Priscilla Burris, 5) Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family by Carrie Lara and Christine Battuz, and 6) Miss Pinkeltink's Purse by Patty Brozo and Ana Ochoa.

Me on goodreads: other picture books I've read | middle-grade readers I've read | follow me on goodreads 

~Lisa Nolan

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I love, love, love to read, review, share passages from, and chat about books for parents and educators ESPECIALLY Montessori, forest and nature school, Waldorf, special needs and developmental delays, child-brain development, and early-to-late literacy!

Here is part one of a four-part podcast series I recorded on the newly published (2019) book Nature Play at Home: Creating Outdoor Spaces That Connect Children with the Natural World, written by Nancy Striniste. Listen here #59 Nature Play Book Chat Part 1.mp3

About the book

"A magnificent resource for transforming backyards into stimulating environments that enhance children’s creativity, learning, and fun."—Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the WoodsThe Nature Principle, and Vitamin N

Description from Goodreads: Access to technology has created a generation of children who are more plugged in than ever before—often with negative consequences. But there is a solution. Unrestricted outdoor play helps reduce stress, improve he

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In this sample blog post, I share tips on how to put a 3-year-old and a tot to work at the same time (AKA young siblings) in a Montessori environment.

Dear Lisa, 

I worked with you a few months ago on Montessori environment for my 2 boys (now 36 months & 19 months old).  We kind of concluded that they were still too young for the room I was trying to set them up for (a very large room divided by open-back shelves & one gate for access in between the "infant" and "toddler" areas of the room). 

Now I've opened up that room so there is no gated access division.  I've added some academic stuff for son#1 (sandpaper numbers, counting materials, etc). But I'm having problems keeping both sons focused on any one thing. They are soooo distracted and consumed by what the other one is doing that neither of them can focus on one thing for 30 seconds.  They also end up fighting over the same items. The absence of concentration is a big problem to me.  What can I do to have each of the

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I love, love, love to read, review, share passages from, and chat about books for parents and educators ESPECIALLY Montessori, forest and nature school, Waldorf, special needs and developmental delays, child-brain development, and early-to-late literacy! Here is part one of a four-part series I recorded on the book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman (2015)! Listen here 067_NeuroTribes__book_01.mp3 (15 minutes). 

About the book

"A New York Times bestseller. Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently.

"What is autism? A lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more—and the future of our society depends on our understanding o

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Here is a photo gallery sample of my Toddler Numbers with Chalkboard lesson. (My private Montessori photo galleries are hosted at SmugMug.) Click on this link to see the gallery! Here is the mobile version if you are on a mobile device, a smartphone, etc.

Age: 2 1/2 and up.
Indirect aim: Providing the child with a key to the written world of numerals.
Direct  aim:  Giving  the  child  symbols  that  correspond  to  the  quantities  that  the child already knows. 

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In this sample podcast episode, "How to Save $ Buying Materials on Amazon, Part 2" I share more of my secret tips and tricks for how to save money when shopping for Montessori materials on Amazon! Listen here (16 minutes): #24 Save Money on Amazon.mp3

Examples of the three drop-ship sellers I mentioned in the podcast:  Curious Minds Busy Bags | Amazing Montessori | Callie's Corner.

Links to Montessori deals pages I mentioned in the podcast: alisonsmontessori.com | adenamontessori.com.

~Lisa Nolan

(The above links were checked on 10/12/19)

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Here is a photo gallery sample of my Hunting for an Object lesson for tots. (My private Montessori photo galleries are hosted at SmugMug.) Click on this link to see the gallery! Here is the mobile version if you are on a mobile device, a smartphone, etc.

Ideal for: 16- to 19-month-old tots.
Indirect aim: Listening and following directions, large motor movement, and solving problems.
Direct aim: Vocabulary development, recognizing objects, colors, shapes, and numbers.

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This is my samples page. To read the entire article, you need to click on the title of the article, FYI. 

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