There are two new release Montessori books that you need to know about. The Montessori Book of Coordination and Life Skills (for ages 2+) and The Montessori Book of Words and Numbers (for ages 3+) by Maja Pitamic.
These are both activity books, each book contains 70-80 activities. The activities are all very Montessori, which is fantastic for Montessori families who just want to be able to pick up a book or resource and know it will suit their teaching methodology. All of the activities are easy, easy to do and easy to present. They are not complicated. They also explain a lot. If you have ever questioned how to introduce colours to your child, or asked how Montessori parents introduce counting or reading, these books are an excellent place to start! If you have a friend or family member who wants to start 'doing Montessori' but isn't sure where to begin, these are a perfect starting point. Perfect.
These are fantastic for parents who want to try some Montessori activities at home on little to no budget. These are very budget friendly activities. The books contain worksheets at the back that you can scan or photocopy to use but most of the activities use materials from around the home or perhaps the craft store (items like card, string, playdough, tape, tray, paint, ribbon, spoon, buttons).
These activities will not confuse, they will not overwhelm. You could also do a whole year's worth of activities just using these books. They are also useful for parents like me, looking for a little inspiration, I can flip through the book and find a quick activity to put together. The books are colourful and approachable. They also contain a little introduction on Montessori and a few tips and frequently asked questions.
These would be nice additions to the Montessori preschool, playgroup, school, toddler group or parent library.
Maja Pitamic is also the author of I Can Do It: Play and learn activities to help your child discover the world the Montessori way. Which we have had in our home library for many years. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and holds a degree in Art History and Montessori Teaching Training.
The Montessori Book of Coordination and Life Skills - for ages 2+. Although I would suggest for children 18 months-3 years.
The Montessori Book of Words and Numbers - for ages 3+. I suggest this would be useful for children 3-5 years.
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