A Guide to Montessori Toddler Resources

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Welcome to Montessori Nature’s guide to Montessori Toddler Online Resources. You may be a new teacher in the Montessori classroom who is looking for inspiration or a parent who recently heard about the Montessori method but doesn’t know really where to start, or you are simply searching for more ideas. I hope this post will help you to navigate toward great materials and save you some time!

Montessori Toddler Curriculum:

Montessori Curriculum for “Toddlers” by Sorting Sprinkles

“Over the years, I’ve naturally accumulated A LOT of “stuff” to plan out these days of discovery and learning: from the free Montessori albums (yes, some people have generously published their albums online!) to the much appraised, practically AMS endorsed KHT ones (my all-time favorites). I’m not sure why but I love collecting Montessori albums (a bad habit considering most of them don’t come in cheap!). This year again, I’ll be using a mix of it all (and probably venture off curriculum again and again…and again…). Curious about what I have planned for my 2.5 year old? Here is the “big picture” with a few hints of what we’ll explore in the upcoming school year”.

18 – 24 Month Toddler “Curriculum” by Married Mama Melissa

“This is my daughter’s 18-24 month curriculum. We are not strict about our activities. If Sugar doesn’t want to do an activity, we move on to the next one. We also don’t do it all at once or every day. It’s just something I do with her because I feel like she should be taught these things at her age”.

Montessori Scope and Sequence(Infant – Age 12) (free) by Montessori Compass
Areas covered: Infant Art, Music, and Movement, Cosmic Studies, Geography, History, Language, Arts, Mathematics, Practical Life, Science Sensorial

“This Scope & Sequence is not intended to be a “one-size-fits-all” checklist of lessons. Our goal is to equip Montessorians from all around the world with a resource that is both useful and adaptable, while staying true to the Montessori Method and its traditions. Lessons/materials are tagged to the appropriate cycle years and are paired with very specific measurable learning objectives”.

Montessori Curriculum for Parents by Montessori House

The Montessori teaching curriculum has been developed by our experienced Montessori House teachers for parents to use at home.

Montessori Teaching Album for Babies Infants Toddlers
Montessori Curriculum for Toddlers & PreK
Montessori Curriculum for PreK thru Kindergarten (Primary)
Montessori Curriculum Albums Infant through First Grade: Complete Set of Six Albums

Raising toddlers the Montessori way – blogs and resources

Wikisori – Wikisori, among other things, is an online Montessori Album project built by Montessorians for Montessorians.

Essentials of a Montessori Toddler Classroom by Sorting Sprinkles.

“Unless you are a certified Montessori teacher taking a few sabbatical years, your first year of home schooling your child using the Montessori method can be a bit overwhelming. Despite all the research, planning, and reading, it’s always a bit difficult to target what’s really essential in a home school setting”.

Transitioning Your Toddler into Your Homeschool Environment by Every Star Is Different.

“I wanted to be sure to share our experience and give some tips about transitioning your toddler into your homeschool environment in hopes you can avoid any unnecessary stress during the transition”.

Handmade Montessori Inspired toddler toys and materials found on Etsy.

Montessori Nature printables – designed with toddlers in mind.

The printables are designed to simplify the learning process, make complex concepts easier for young minds to comprehend, and transform information into knowledge.
I invest hours of extensive research into creating each printable. Cards are accompanied by true-to-life images, photographs, or watercolor clipart. I bring along my many years of experience working as a teacher and homeschooling my children.
All cards are presented to you as digital instant downloads. There is no shipping or waiting involved. All printables are delivered to your email ready to be printed. You can start using them right away.

Living Montessori Now

“One of the most difficult tasks for a Montessori parent or caregiver is adapting the home environment to work for children who mouth objects as well as older children. Our Montessori home is in a constant state of change with grandchildren visiting often. Right now, they range from toddlers to early elementary. I’m sharing ideas for preparing a Montessori space in your living room adapted for those ages”.

 Our Montessori Home 

“How do you know if your child is ready for an activity? Observe their sensitive periods, try an activity and if they maintain interest then continue. If not, look for ways to adapt it to their level or interest”.

  Racheous – Loveable Learning 

“In this fast paced society where children are overwhelmed with information and activities, spending time in nature is crucial. Simply getting outside and enjoying the natural world without any specific purpose, is so important”.

 Montessori Moms  

“When I was working in a primary environment (children 3 to 6), at VMS, I learned that consistency is the main key when you are trying to set up boundaries. For example, sometimes I had to show a child how to tuck in their chair over and over until they internalized the concept. It was such a joy to see that proud child showing their friends how to tuck in a chair in a respectful and loving way. I realized that it was all worth it”.

Every Star Is Different  

“If you have toddler and are looking for Montessori-inspired tray work and printables, you’ve come to the right place! Check out all of these amazing toddler activities and free printables. There are activities for every occasion. Just click on the image of the unit study and it will take you to the post”.

 Eltern Vom Mars

How We Montessori

“Over the weekend I introduced Otis to the water dispenser. I think it’s good for a child to get lots of practice pouring from a pitcher and really there is no better way than to pour their own drink several times a day”.

Nduoma

“A lot of popular opinion about toddlers seem to be negative. There is a belief that they are angry, troublesome, destructive, clingy, dependent, incapable, frustrating and complex. These are misconceptions driven by a misunderstanding of the child’s true nature and developmental needs. Toddlers are indeed complex but they are also amazing little humans with so many positive characteristics. They are capable and creative scientists with an amazing sense of order and inherent joy when they are provided with the right environment and opportunities to support their development. This course will help you see your toddler with new eyes and give you the tools to support their development”.

The Pinay Homeschooler

“As we continue our wild animals exploration, the boys and I watched documentary shows in Netflix about animals in Africa. Vito enjoyed watching the shows and kept on naming the animals that he can identify. With this, we worked on vocabulary words by identifying other wild animals that he’s not familiar with like gorilla, panther and rhinoceros”.

Montessori ici

“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence” M. Montessori

“The importance of the hand is at the heart of Montessori education. The use of hands helps the child construct itself thought Maria Montessori. “The hand is the tool of the mind”. Years later, science tends to prove that indeed manipulation is paramount in learning, and that retention will be greatly enhanced if the child learned through manipulation rather then mere rote learning.”

Milkweed Montessori

“Jasper has been loving painting these days — at almost any time of the day. Case in point: today he painted before breakfast. Having the paint and paper available on the art shelf at all times has been really allowing him to pursue this love”.

Mumma Diaries 

Recommended Reading

Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies

It’s time to change the way we see toddlers. Using the principles developed by the educator Dr. Maria Montessori, Simone Davies shows how to turn life with a “terrible two” into a mutually rich and rewarding time of curiosity, learning, respect, and discovery.

Montessori at Home Guide: A Short Guide to a Practical Montessori Homeschool for Children Ages 2-6 

This beginner’s guide to the Montessori Method of homeschooling for children ages 2-6 is written by parents who have embraced this method of educating their own children. It was written in hopes of simplifying the process for other parents and caregivers who are considering doing the same. The Montessori Method of education can best be described as an “Aid to Life” rather than a specific method of passing on academic objectives.

Child’s Play: Montessori Games and Activities for Your Baby and Toddler

For children, playing is learning, and this appealing book is filled with more than 60 Montessori-inspired play-and-learn ideas that parents and kids can enjoy together. The games are arranged progressively, starting with simple games for infants and advancing to games and activities suitable for active toddlers. Each game description includes instructions for play, items and materials needed, and suggested related play activities for parents and their toddlers.

Simple Steps

Open the door to teaching infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds successfully with these 300 activities linked to the latest development in child development. Observe what your children are already doing, then give them varied opportunities to develop at their own pace. Simple Steps outlines a typical development sequence in ten domains: social/emotional, fine motor, gross motor, language, cognitive, sensory, nature, music and movement, creativity, and dramatic play.

Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three

Based on Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophies for nurturing babies and toddlers, this practical and useful guide is brimming with instructions, anecdotes, and encouragement for raising calm, competent, and confident children—from designing the baby’s bedroom to encouraging life skills such as dressing themselves and working both independently and collaboratively.

Toddlers Together: The Complete Planning Guide For A Toddler Curriculum

Toddlers (1 to 3 years old) experience the joy of learning all year long with these hands-on, seasonal activities. Cynthia Catlin, who has worked with toddlers for over ten years, brings you fun, easy-to-do activities geared toward the toddler’s unique stage of development.

First Art for Toddlers and Twos: Open-Ended Art Experiences

Discover the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of toddlers and twos as they explore creative art experiences designed just for them. In this updated, color edition of First Art, you will find more than seventy-five art experiences, with lots of variations that add to the fun and tips for making the activities run smoothly. First Art for Toddlers and Twos starts children on a journey full of exploration and creativity!

The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three

Every culture has wisdom but in modern times much of it has been lost. The first three years of life are too important for experiments, but the Montessori guidelines presented here have held true all over the world, no matter what the culture of the child, for over 100 years. It is the goal of this book to help parents look for, discover, appreciate, and support the mental, physical, and emotional needs of the child in the first three years of life.

No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame

Janet Lansbury is unique among parenting experts. As a RIE teacher and student of pioneering child specialist Magda Gerber, her advice is not based solely on formal studies and the research of others, but also on her twenty years of hands-on experience guiding hundreds of parents and their toddlers. “No Bad Kids” is a collection of Janet’s most popular and widely read articles pertaining to common toddler behaviors and how respectful parenting practices can be applied to benefit both parents and children. It covers such common topics as punishment, cooperation, boundaries, testing, tantrums, hitting, and more. “No Bad Kids” provides a practical, indispensable tool for parents who are anticipating or experiencing those critical years when toddlers are developmentally obliged to test the limits of our patience and love. Armed with knowledge and a clearer sense of the world through our children’s eyes, this period of uncertainty can afford a myriad of opportunities to forge unbreakable bonds of trust and respect.

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth.

No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene.

Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving becomes a win/win situation. Inside this sanity-saving guide you’ll discover

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood Teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 20 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Browse Anastasia's educational resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.


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