USEFUL LINKS

There are so many wonderful resources available on the internet and these are just some of my favourites...

Montessori materials
  • Montessori for Everyone is a very useful resource for printable materials that you can buy for all the curricular areas, including language, reading, math, art, music, science, history, and geography.  There are also some very good free printables for download.  Their comprehensive lists are a great way to start to develop a curriculum for each age range but you do have to pay for each one.  I have bought all 4 and especially like the fact that there is a list for toddlers (18 months to 3 years) as this is where most people start and need some guidance.  The Complete Collection CDs seem to be very appealing but way too expensive for me.  
  • Montessori Services is the best site that I have found selling mini versions of everyday tools and equipment and an absolutely huge collection of items for practical life activities.  I wish a site like this were available in Europe but until then I have to use the international shipping option.  The site is also a great place to go to get inspiration for new classroom activities and equipment that you can make yourself such as the smelling bottles.
  • Homeschool Creations has tons of free printables and great lesson ideas for you to do at home.  I really like the preschool and tot school ideas.
  • Reflections on Learning has a great selection of outdoor tools, classroom supplies, science materials and baskets.  I bought my treasure basket contents from them and was extremely happy with the quality - great value for money.
  • It is impossible not to mention Absorbent Minds for those in Europe.  The company has a good selection of materials in three different price ranges and delivery is free to many European countries if you order over a certain amount.  I also think that you can get a huge amount of inspiration for homemade materials  by looking at their language and practical life sections.  One small word of caution is that both orders I placed recently had broken items in them.  They were replaced without fuss but it was a little annoying.


Montessori albums
  • The Montessori Teachers Collective has albums available freely to view online covering the 3-6 and 6-9 age ranges.  The content is good and covers the traditional Montessori Materials although there are no diagrams or illustrations.  Still very useful though.  There are also really good graphical timelines of evolution, writing and numbers.  Even more than this though there is an online library which includes 11 books written by Maria Montessori, curriculum for 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12, lectures and much more that can all be read online.  This collection gives such a great overview of Montessori principles.
  • Montessori Primary Guide is a very simple to browse and well organised collection of activities; just like an online set of albums with some good videos available too.  All activities have a 'guide age' at which it should be introduced which I personally find useful.
  • Cultivating Dharma has a set of free to download albums for maths, language and geometry.  I have read through the albums and they are extremely well written with lots of insight I haven't seen before.  The age range is from 7 - 11 years and there are also a large number of really useful posts explaining lessons and concepts further.  Don't miss the timeline of scripts and the timeline of humans which are really amazing.
  • Wikisori is an amazing and completely free online Montessori Album project built by Montessorians for Montessorians.Currently there are 548 pages of Montessori content and 3,638 registered users.

Teaching resources
  • The Book Depository has free worldwide shipping and lots of very reasonably priced books for homeschooling and Montessori.  
  • Montessori World has free video introductory courses covering sensorial/practical life and reading with lots of demonstrations as well as a huge selection of exercises and curriculum ideas for all subjects. The sensorial/practical life course consists of 23 presentations with each presentation lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to slightly over an hour.  These videos are a must watch for anyone new to Montessori.
  • Montessori at Home is a downloadable book packed with Montessori activities for preschoolers (from 2 to 7 years).  I bought this for nearly $8 and cannot believe what great value for money it is. 
  • Montessori Mom is a completely free and vast resource.  I have found a lot of useful information there although the many advertisements and layout is a bit frustrating.  Good for looking for new ideas.
  • Worldwide Montessori Online is the home of Karen Tyler's famous Montessori Teacher Training Program given completely online.  I cannot recommend this course enough, especially for homeschoolers.
  • Here are some really great articles and essays on many parenting challenges such as 'there is no such thing as quality time. 


Blogs
  • LaPaz Home Learning. A truly inspirational blog with a huge variety of activities with a strong focus on nature and outdoors.
  • The Home Teacher is another great blog featuring lots of easy and low cost ideas for Montessori activities in the home. Lots to see. 
  • I can't even start to tell you about how good Chasing Cheerios is; you'll just have to take a look. 
  • My Montessori Journey is a great blog that is no longer updated but contains endless posts about Montessori activities in a classroom setting.  I see something new every time I look.
  • A Small Tribe is where I go when I need to remind myself how simple and natural raising children should be.
  • The Confessions of a Montessori Mom blog should be your 'go to' blog if you are starting Montessori with toddlers.  All of your questions will be answered.
  • Itty Bitty Love was the blog that inspired me to get started with Montessori in the home environment.  Great information from a real life Montessori classroom.
  • Pre school Montessori activities galore can be found at PreKinders.
  • I just love Pell a Pell (which means skin to skin) as it is packed full of activities that you can put together from things around the house and Marina, the author, is so incredibly creative.


Art and craft projects
  • I love trying out activities from The Artful Parent.  
  • One Crafty Place is a mixture of craft projects and Montessori activities.  Perfect if you want to make your own supplies.
  • One Pretty Thing has a whole host of DIY craft activities.  I'm looking forward to trying many of them.
  • The Toddler's Busy Book is an old but very useful book with lots of ideas for art and craft projects for toddlers.  The ideas are simple and you will probably have all you need for each activity already.  Best to by second hand.
  • This site is an amazing resource for teaching children about classical art.  


Art and craft supplies
  • For those in the UK Free Range Education has a page full of links to resources such as chemistry equipment, weaving looms and fair trade craft projects (most deliver internationally as well).  Really useful if you are in Europe where it can be much harder than the UK to find suitable equipment for the practical life elements of Montessori within a sensible budget.  One site even sells "everything you need to turn a sheep into a jumper". 
  • Baker Ross is my number one go to place for buying children's art and craft supplies in Europe.  They are low cost with a huge range and deliver internationally at very reasonable prices.  I especially like their paint your own wooden toys.
  • Buttinette sell general art and craft supplies in France and are quite reasonably priced.  Tout a Creer is also French and sell similar products.
 Waldorf, nature and peaceful parenting
  • If you are interested in Waldorf education then Discovering Waldorf is a weekly series of articles which are a great resource written by 'everyday' Waldorf families. The contributors to this series share their 'real-life' insights and inspirations on all kinds of Waldorf topics. 
  • Teacher Tom has some wonderful and practical ideas of how to respect children and nurture creativity.

3 comments:

  1. This is such a complete list ! Thank you so much !

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  2. Thanks so much for including One Crafty Place on your list...I'm truly honored that you included us! Both of my kiddos have been attending Montessori for the past 3 years, and before that we incorporated it into our lives as much as possible. I'm always on the lookout for easy DIY montessori-inspired activities!

    Take care!

    Chrissy

    P.S. I love your blog and I'm a new follower!

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