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Aside from conquering my booklist (and the numerous other titles that have found a spot), I’m also getting my Infant/Toddler Montessori teacher diploma from the North American Montessori Center. During my studies this last week I came across some helpful tips on reading to infants and toddlers and I thought I’d share.

I found these pretty helpful, especially since my little one is in the “let’s-put-the-book-in-my-mouth” stage. They’re not 100% problem free, but they definitely help out.

  • If your child likes to put books in his or her mouth while you’re reading give them something appropriate to put in their mouth like a pacifier or teething toy.
  • If the story is not working, don’t feel like you have to finish it. Or if the story is not keeping their attention, break it up into smaller pieces.
  • When the infant or toddler becomes interested in turning the pages, allow them to do so at the right time.
  • Once the child is on the go (all the time), choose reading time wisely like before a nap.
  • Choose simple picture books with infants and toddlers, then progress as they get older.

You can read the full posts here: Reading Aloud to Children Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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400000000000000103288_s4I checked this book out, because we’re planning to homeschool Montessori-style, so to speak. Before having our precious little boy, I worked for three years as an assistant at a Christian Montessori preschool (ages 3-6), my time there is what persuaded my husband and I that Montessori is a good method for educating the whole child. As my husband says, “It’s just practical.”

That being said, I wouldn’t recommend this book for someone who is new to the concept and style of the Montessori Method. It might be a bit of a shocker and a lot of information to take in.

The book was very useful with a lot of information and examples to illustrate concepts. Sometimes the reading felt a little heavy. It’s definitely not the book to pick up for late night feedings.

It was definitely very helpful and we will implement many of the ideas for our family. The chapters I felt were particularly useful, in their topics and examples, were Pratical Life (Ch. 6), Personal Care (Ch. 7), and The Developing Will (Ch. 9).

I’d recommend this book for people who have some familiarity with the Montessori method or those who have taken a Montessori parent/child class.

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