Learning about Montessori Education
Association of Montessori Internationale: AMI is the organization founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain the integrity of her life's work and ensure its perpetuation after her death.
Montessori Center of Minnesota: The Montessori Center offers courses for parents as well as teachers on various aspects of Montessori education. Bright Water encourages interested parents to attend courses that focus on children in the home environment.
MariaMontessori.com: Contemporary articles about Montessori education for parents of toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary children.
North American Montessori Teachers' Association: This organization provides a nice overview of Dr. Montessori's life and work.
Aid to Life Tips on supporting the natural development of children that are easy to understand and apply. Leaflets, booklets, and DVDs are available on the areas of Movement, Communication, Independence, and Self Discipline.
Building the Pink Tower An upcoming documentary film that reimagines schools and learning through the lens of Montessori education. Check out the video "A Peek Inside a Montessori Classroom".
Thanks to Mayflower Early Childhood Center in Minneapolis for some of these links!
For Your Home
The following companies offer child-size tools and furniture and many other items for helping children be independent and engaged at home.
Montessori Services: A resource for many practical life materials (rakes, shovels, pitchers, trays, aprons, woodworking tools, sewing activities, so on), plus books and language materials.
The Michael Olaf Montessori Company: A wonderful resource for an overview of the Montessori method and principals, as well having a variety of children's tools, toys, books, and furniture.
Metal Insect A play on the Montessori material Metal Insets, Metal Insect was created by several Montessorians. Check out the wide variety of t-shirts, bumper stickers and mugs embedded with Montessori passion!