Learning Together – What Montessori Can Offer Your Family (Review & Competition)

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

I’ve always been interested in the Montessori way of schooling, but never fully understood it. I have to admit that it’s something I’ve seen as something I’d do if I was rich, lived in a massive house and didn’t have to work. So when I was invited to the launch of the new Montessori book, Learning Together, I was really excited, not only to meet the people at the top of the Montessori network in the UK, but to actually get to understand more of it. Unfortunately, Aviya, at just a few weeks old, chose that as her first night to cry and fuss a lot, so I missed the speech, but it’s okay – I got to have interesting conversations, and came away with the Learning Together book.

Learning Together is not a ‘how to’ guide to parenting. It is not a step-by-step education manual. It is not a grow-your-own-genius book, and it doesn’t judge or preach, and it doesn’t make you feel like you’ve done things wrong (you might feel that you have, but the author doesn’t make you feel like you have, if that makes sense?)

Now, while I’ve never really understood Montessori, and might like a step-by-step, this is how to get started guide, I was firstly, quite surprised by some of the things in this book, and more importantly, surprised by how many of them we already do, without my even knowing they were Montessori. I found that really reassuring.

Learning Together has four chapters.

Learning Together - What Montessori can offer your familyChapter one deals with the potential of the child, and chapter two with unlocking the potential. Chapter three looks at the ‘Montessori way of life’ and examines some of the principles – like freedom to move and explore, engaging the child in the routines of living, managing time, and so on. Chapter four is about creating a Montessori inspired space.  This is really the only part of a Montessori life that makes me hesitate, because it will require some money. Still, the book does give you good ideas for how to incorporate elements into your child’s environment, and some of them are easily adaptable (like having a child-friendly cupboard space in the kitchen, and wonderful ideas for treasure or sensory baskets.)

I guess there’s an element of ‘take what works for you’ to Learning Together and that really appeals to me, especially since I’m not in a position to go out and redo my home!

The definite bonuses of this book include the fact that it’s clear and concise. It provides easy reading, and explains the concepts behind Montessori in very simple ways.

You can purchase Learning Together from the Montessori shop for £6.99 or if you buy 10 or more, they’re £3.99.

Competition

You can win one of five Learning Together books from Montessori. Just complete the Rafflecopter entry below.

HOW IT WORKS: Once you’ve left a comment below, click on the +1 on Rafflecopter, which will open a bunch of different ways for you to enter easily and with minimal effort!

Still not making sense? Watch this. And please let me know what you think? It makes my life easier, but I want to know that you’re happy too!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winners will be announced here and on the Diary of a First Child Facebook Page. Please check these to find out who won.

Please read the competition rules.

You do not have to tweet or share this competition to enter, and doing so does not give you additional entries unless otherwise stated, but doing so helps ensure that I can keep bringing you competitions! You can subscribe to Diary of a First Child by RSS  or to our competitions only RSS feed or email. You can also follow us on Facebook or on Twitter. We hope to see you back again soon!

Related Posts with Thumbnails
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

29 thoughts on “Learning Together – What Montessori Can Offer Your Family (Review & Competition)

  1. Alice Hindley

    I am new to Montessori and before now I didn’t know much about them

    [Reply]

  2. Carolina J.

    I know nothing about Montessori, but already have a cupboard in the kitchen for my daughter! :-) Would love to find out more.
    (Using Rafflecopter is very easy, thank you!)

    [Reply]

  3. Dawn Totton

    I hadn’t heard of it previously but it does sound very interesting.

    [Reply]

  4. Tanya H

    Would love to learn more about Montessori, so I can teach my children in this style. This seems to work in America and I would love this chance for it to work for me.

    [Reply]

  5. LEAH SULLIVAN

    MY SON HAS JUST STARTED ATTENDING A MONTESSORI NURSERY AND I CHOSE IT AS THEY STOOD OUT WAY ABOVE THE REST WITH THEIR APPROACH TO HELPING NURTURE CHILDREN.

    [Reply]

  6. Scott Caldon

    I’ve heard alot about this and would love to try this in my teaching

    [Reply]

  7. Anna Cooper

    I have a 4 year old and a 1 year old, I just started looking into Montessori at home, but don’t know where to start. this sounds like a great place to start.

    [Reply]

  8. Hilda Hazel Wright

    I know nothing about it and would love to find out. I have a son who is just learning the art of parenting and it would be great to help him along as well.

    [Reply]

  9. Karen Barrett

    I have never come across Montessori in the workplace, but I know of many practitioners who use many of their methods.

    [Reply]

  10. san

    ive heard alot about this and would love to try this

    [Reply]

  11. Cheryl Lovell

    Seems a fabulous way to motivate childre, would love to try them :)

    [Reply]

  12. Ailsa

    Sounds like a good book. I’ve always been interested in the Montessori approach but, like you, assumed it was for the rich. I’d love to read more about the concepts behind it and incorporate elements for my son.

    [Reply]

  13. Suzanne sendell

    Havent had any experiences with The Montessori way of learning but the reviews look outstanding

    [Reply]

  14. Catherine Miller

    This sounds like an interesting book and approach.

    [Reply]

  15. Eleonora

    Useful for other half who’s a teacher!

    [Reply]

  16. victoriab

    I don’t have any experience of it but it looks interesting.

    [Reply]

  17. stephanie tsang

    There is a monessori nursery where I live which I would like to send my daughter to. My sister in law sent my nephew to a montessori nursery and thought it was very good.

    [Reply]

  18. Helen

    I home-ed my daughter and have just started looking into Montessori as she needs hands on activities and another parent suggested it may work for us.

    [Reply]

  19. Allan Smith

    Seems very good!

    [Reply]

  20. G Bailey

    from everything i’ve heard about montessori, i’m impressed with it

    [Reply]

  21. sarah lambert

    This sounds very intresting and would love to learn more about Montessori and the way it could help my children :) xx

    [Reply]

  22. Robyn Logan Clarke

    My younger sister went to a Montessori school, she had a fantastic time, Montessori has since fascinated me, would love to be a Montessori teacher one day

    [Reply]

  23. I enjoy educational toys at home. The children always seem so interested in them. When there are other toys they quickly wonder off and do something else.

    Montessori toys are great for this! I am glad that there is a book to help understand how toys can nurture your childs development.
    Izabela Hailey’s last blog post ..Why the trend towards eco friendly toys?

    [Reply]

    Luschka Reply:

    Thanks Izabela! Please get in touch if you’d like to advertise to our readers. We’d love to have you!

    [Reply]

  24. Dawna Nifong

    I am a new teacher in a Montessori setting. Anything I can read will help me on my journey toward becoming a successful Montessori teacher. Thanks for the opportunity.

    [Reply]

  25. Jessica C.

    We are just beginning to look into Montessori for my 2 year old as she does best with this type of learning!
    Jessica C.’s last blog post ..MIA

    [Reply]

  26. I have been practicing Montessori at home with my LO since she was about 3 months. I love it! The organization and child-led approach really work for us.
    Amy G’s last blog post ..Paternal Attachment

    [Reply]

  27. Gillian Holmes

    This looks very interesting but I know very little about it, still when you stop learning you stop living!

    [Reply]

  28. The Montessori way of learning has always felt right for us, and we are looking forward to learning more together as a family as our children develop!
    Rhiannon’s last blog post ..Hello world!

    [Reply]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge