Shady Oaks Montessori

Parent Resources

There are many good resources to support your parenting that we hope you find helpful. We believe that Montessori Education allows parents as much opportunity to learn and grow as it does the children.

One of the newer books is Montessori Insights for Parents of Young Children by Aline D. Wolf. This book is available from Parent Child Press.

Parent Child Press

The North American Montessori Teachers Association offers a series of six magazines entitled Montessori Talks to Parents. Topics addressed are the Home environment, Discipline, the Spiritual Side of Love, Language and Literature, The Child in Nature, and The Creative Personality. We also recommend the DVD’s and Books on preparing the Home Environment.

North American Montessori Teacher’s Association

We are pleased to share Maren Schmidt’s online parenting resources for your benefit as follows:
Sign up for the weekly award winning Kids Talk newsletter by clicking on the link below. Maren also offers online workshops for parents and educators. Maren is the author of Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents and Building Cathedrals Not Walls.

Maren Schmidt

Child Resources

Montessori Services: A resource for Preparing the Child’s Environment for 30 years.

We at Montessori Children’s House utilize many suppliers to furnish the Montessori classroom. Montessori Services has many items that work equally well for the home environment.

Montessori Services

The Michael Olaf Company

Two unique catalogs are offered by the Michael Olaf Company located in Arcata, California. Each catalog has some basic Montessori Theory on child development at the top of the page, with some unique products on the bottom of the page. “The Joyful Child” catalog is for children birth to Three. “Child of the World” catalog is for children age 3-12+ years old.

The Michael Olaf Company

Reading List


How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way
By Tim Seldin

Montessori Insights for Parents of young children
By Aline D. Wolf

Montessori Talks to Parents
North American Montessori Teachers’ Association

Look at the Child
By Aline D. Wolf


The Secret of Childhood
By Maria Montessori

The Absorbent Mind
By Maria Montessori

Montessori, A Modern Approach
By Paula Polk Lillard

The Essential Montessori, An Introduction to the Woman, Writings, the Method, and the Movement
By Elizabeth G. Hainstock

Maria Montessori Her Life and Work
By E.M. Standing

Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education
By Trevor Eissler


Understanding the Human Being
By Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, M.D.

Montessori From The Start
By Paula Polk Lillard & Lynn Lillard Jessen


Montessori Today, A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood
By Paula Polk Lillard


Montessori, The Science Behind the Genius
By Angeline Stoll Lillard


Montessori Read & Write, A Parents’ Guide to Literacy for Children
By Lynne Lawrence

The Read-Aloud Handbook
By Jim Trelease


A Parent’s guide to the Montessori classroom
By Aline D. Wolf


Your Child’s Growing Mind, Brain Development and Learning from Birth to Adolescence
By Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.

Touchpoints Birth to Three, Your child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development
By Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

Touchpoints Three To Six, Your child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development
By Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

The Hurried Child, Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon
By David Elkind, Ph.D.


Respectful Parents Respectful Kids, 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict Into Co-operation
By Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson

Positive Discipline
By Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Reward and Punishments to Love and Reason
By Alfie Kohn

Punished by Rewards, The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes
By Alfie Kohn

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
By Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Siblings Without Rivalry
By Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Children: the Challenge
By Rudolf Dreikurs, M.D.

The Explosive Child, A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
By Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.


Endangered Minds, Why Children Don’t Think – And What We Can Do About It
By Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.

Failure to Connect, How Computers Affect Our Children’s Minds – and What We Can Do About It
By Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.

The Plug-In Drug, Television, Children, & the Family
By Marie Winn

Unplugging the Plug-In Drug
By Marie Winn


Last Child in the Woods:
Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder
By Richard Louv

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