Parents play an important role providing consistency between the home and school environments. Ongoing parent education builds relationships between parents and teachers, and provides space for parents to question, wonder, and learn. Parent education also serves to develop school identity and loyalty, so that the school’s mission is clearly understood and communicated to the greater community.
Montessori Madness by Trevor Eissler
This book is written by a parent and geared toward parents looking for an overview of the Montessori approach. The author discusses the shortcomings of our current traditional schools, and how the real needs of children can be met with a Montessori education, where they can joyfully engage in work that is meaningful to them.
Understanding Montessori by Maren Schmidt
This book is a must-read for all parents that have their children in Montessori schools or are considering a Montessori education for their family. It is very approachable and easy to read, and is written specifically as a guide for parents. Each chapter includes a summary, and the book includes extensive resources like a detailed list of Montessori vocabulary, a list of other recommended titles, a bibliography of Maria Montessori’s written work, and a helpful compilation of Montessori’s book chapters by subject. Perfect for a school community book club, or group study, as the website includes a study guide and other resources for parents to become informed.
Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard
This book provides a scientific basis for the tenets of a Montessori education, from a developmental psychologist’s perspective. The author provides research-based information about how children learn in a more general context, and connects these findings to what happens in a Montessori classroom. Chapter titles include Extrinsic Rewards and Motivation, Learning From Peers, Meaningful Contexts for Learning, Adult Interaction Styles and Outcomes, Order in Environment and Mind, and Education for Children. This is not a quick read, but an essential book for reference.
A Parent’s Guide to the Montessori Classroom by Aline Wolf
This concise handbook describes the fundamentals of a Montessori 3-6 classroom, giving parents a brief but complete introduction to the way students learn in their own way with specific Montessori materials. The book gives an overview of the curriculum areas of a Montessori classroom, including Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and Geography, and the materials that students use in each area.