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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Montessori At Home by John Bowman

John Bowman sent me a copy of his book Montessori at Home a few months ago, and I LOVE it! It is exactly what I was looking for more than 3 years ago when I first started implementing the Montessori method with O (4). If I'd had this book then, I doubt I would have even started a blog!

If you look at the top of the book, you can see that I have marked many pages. This book is full of great activities that I'd like to do with my girls. Many of the ideas and activities come from blogs, so you may have seen them before. However, it's nice to have them organized and in a book instead of on a computer screen.

I really love that many of the activities are included in the book. The materials are printed on cardstock at the back of the book, so all you have to do is cut them out, and you are ready to work!

Here is a little more about John Bowman (copied from the website)...

"John Bowman’s most rewarding and fun career was over a decade spent as a Montessori Pre-Primary Teacher and Center Director. He started three new Montessori programs; and was the first Director of the Garfield Montessori School in Denver, CO. His goal now is to inspire parents to do early learning activities at home with their children and show them how."

If you are just getting started with the Montessori Method at home, this book is really all you need. I could have saved so much time and money if he'd only written it 3 years ago!!! One of the most helpful sections in the book is a list of Montessori materials that you should buy for your home along with directions for materials that you can make.

I am in no way affiliated with the author or book. I received a free copy of the book, liked it, and decided to write this unbiased review. I hope you will take a moment to browse the website and learn more about this wonderful resource.


  1. Thanks for the wonderful recommendation. I have been looking for something like this forever. I just ordered the book and cd:) Thanks again.

  2. Oooo...thanks for sharing the resource. I love what you do with your girls :)

  3. This looks fabulous! There is so much information out there, it is overwhelming. I actually don't even look much anymore. I love how you say you do Montessori 'inspired' activities and I respect all the work you put into this blog. Montessori seems to be the in thing for preschool homeschoolers and this book seems just what is needed.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this resource. I just ordered the book and cd. It willbe a great help in my Family Childcare. Have a nice day. Susan

  5. Hi I hope you don't mind but I mentioned your website in a blog of mine, I wanted to share some ideas with the rest of the world and mentioned your wonderful website. You have great ideas, I myself was a Montessori teacher once but it is very different being a teacher versus doing it as a mom as I have found out!

  6. I started a search of the internet, looking for just this type of book...and of course, I came to your blog first to see what I could find. :)

    Thank you!

  7. Is there anything like this (all in one place) for 1 year olds?

  8. He said he might put us in an updated edition...which activity is it?