Family Support Materials
If you’re new to Montessori, you probably have questions galore.
Why are children grouped in multi-age classes? Why are they allowed to walk around the classroom so much? How can students keep up if they’re not all learning the same thing at the same time?
Yes, Montessori schools may be different from schools with which you are already familiar. The uninterrupted work time, the emphasis on learning through experience and exploration—these are among the unique hallmarks of a Montessori education, an approach that inspires children to become self-motivated, lifelong learners.
The American Montessori Society website offers a primer to the world of Montessori education. For further information, we’re pleased to suggest these additional sources.
What goes on inside a Montessori classroom? How do parents explain what’s so special about this? Why does NBA superstar Stephen Curry credit his Montessori experience with helping him become the person he is today? Check out the AMS Montessori video series, where you can see and hear about all of this—firsthand!
Search the web for books about Montessori and you'll find hundreds of titles. To help you narrow your choices, we've put together a select list of Recommended Books—and all are available for purchase.
These magazines, published by AMS and other leading Montessori organizations, offer a wealth of insight and information about Montessori education.
- Montessori International, published quarterly by the Montessori St. Nicholas Charity, features articles about child development and activity ideas for school and home.
- Montessori Life, the American Montessori Society’s award-winning quarterly publication, is available through membership with AMS. Subscriptions without membership are also available; visit Shop AMS.
- Tomorrow’s Child, published 5 times a year by The Montessori Foundation, explores the questions parents ask most often about the Montessori approach, at school and at home.
For lively, easy-to-understand overviews of Montessori education and related topics, we recommend the following articles.
“Montessori Parent” from Montessori Life Magazine
Arranged by publication date.
“The Importance of Family Meals.” Montessori Life, Summer 2016.
“Grace and Courtesy Beyond Please and Thank You.” Montessori Life, Spring 2016.
“Throwback Parenting.” Montessori Life, Winter 2015–16.
“The Longest Runway.” Montessori Life, Fall 2015.
“Polishing the Penny.” Montessori Life, Summer 2015.
“The Age of Anxiety.” Montessori Life, Spring 2015.
“Why Montessori Education Is Priceless.” Montessori Life, Winter 2014–15.
“Separation: The Beginning of Letting Go.” Montessori Life, Fall 2014.
“Creating Emotional Safety around Tantrums and Crying.” Montessori Life, Summer 2014.
“Your Smartphone or Your Life.” Montessori Life, Spring 2014.
“Proactive Planning: One Parent’s Approach.” Montessori Life, Winter 2013–14.
“Bringing Montessori Home.” Montessori Life, Fall 2013.
Arranged by titles in alphabetic order.
“Books for Peace: An Annotated Bibliography.” From Montessori Life, Summer 2016.
“Discipline as Guidance.” Used with permission of P. Donohue Shortridge.
“The First Time.” From Montessori Life, Spring 2011.
“Learning through Nature: A Real-Life Testimonial.” From Montessori Life, Fall 2013.
“The Montessori Family’s Role.” Used with permission of P. Donohue Shortridge.
“Montessori from My Perspective.” Used with permission of Mary Ellen Kordas.
“Montessori Transitions: Into, Within and Beyond.” From The Parents League Review, 2011. Used with permission.
“Nothing But the Net: An Interview with the Curry Family.” From Montessori Life, Winter 2013–14.
“On the Topic of Toileting.” From M: The Magazine for Montessori Families, March/April 2006.
“Spring Cleaning as Brain Food.” Used with permission of P. Donohue Shortridge.