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resources for parents

We include here some helpful hints on adapting your home environment in simple ways that support the Montessori approach to developing independent children who are both free to be active, creative learners, and responsible family members. There are informative readings for each age level and links to current research on the outcomes of a Montessori education.



Science, September 29, 2006 issue: "Montessori Education Provides Better Outcomes Than Traditional Methods, Study Indicates"

Outcomes for Students in a Montessori Program, a longitudinal study of the experience in the Milwaukee Public Schools, May 2003

The NAMTA Journal 28:3 (Summer, 2003), pages 12-52. A Comparison of Montessori and Traditional Middle Schools: Motivation, Quality of Experience, and Social Context, Kevin Rathunde

Montessori, The Science Behind the Genius, Angeline Lillard (Oxford University Press, 2007)


Home Environment

The Preparation of the Home Environment, The Cobb School, Montessori
The Preparation of the Home Environment gives parents some ideas on how we work with the children at school, and how you can transfer some of those methods into your child’s life at home.

The ideas put forth in that pamphlet are merely suggestions. Any activities your family participates in can be broken down into logical steps and the Montessori Method applied. You do not need to buy special Montessori materials used in class to help your child become independent. In fact, we discourage you from doing so, as your child might not be as attracted to the work at school. However, if you are having difficulty finding small pitchers, buckets and mops, some sources that might be of help to you in preparing the home environment are:

Montessori Services
Michael Olaf
NAMTA Parent Education Tools


Suggested Reading


Seldin, Tim & Epstein, Paul Ph.D. The Montessori Way (The Montessori Foundation Press)

A clear and comprehensive introduction to the philosophy and educational approach that is practiced in Montessori schools, large and small around the world

Lillard, Paula Polk & Jessen, Lynn Lillard. Montessori from the Start (Schocken)

Parental guidance for the establishment of an environment to aid in the development of focus and concentration from birth to three years old

Lillard, Paula Polk. Montessori - A Modern Approach (Schocken)

An introduction to the Montessori approach to education at the preschool level

Montessori, Maria. From Childhood to Adolesence (Clio)

This work follows the child from the age of seven through adolescence.






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