If you’re just starting to look into a Montessori education for your child, it can be a little overwhelming.
You’ve got to do your homework (see my earlier post: you have to do the work here).
If you were not a Montessori child, the world of Montessori can appear foreign. It may be very different from what you experienced as a child and the unfamiliarity can breed misunderstanding and confusion.
Books are the key to unlocking the world of Montessori.
Before you visit a school, it is very important to take the time to do some reading. A single book will allow you to familiarize yourself with the basic principles and the general terminology. It won’t take long, and it will be invaluable as you begin to look at different schools and speak with teachers, administrators and other parents.
Here is a list of books that might help you on your journey. You don’t need to run out and buy all of these books to get a clear understanding. Just begin with one.
Before diving right into Maria Montessori’s writings, start with books written specifically for parents. You’ll get a grasp for the method, the jargon, and what to expect of a traditional Montessori classroom. With this knowledge you can begin your own journey on the right foot – without preconceptions, misconceptions, or misinformation.
Maria Montessori wrote that humans, children and adults alike, must work. Now it’s your turn. Get to it.