At Home in the Montessori Children’s House  

Three Teacher-to-Teacher Guidebooks of Practical Inspiration

(Formerly Titled "Directing the Montessori Children’s House")

Taken together, the three volumes of "At Home in the Montessori Children’s House" provide comprehensive and practical insights into all the workings of the Montessori primary classroom.

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volume 1: 
Establishing a Child-Centered Community

1st Edition Published 2012 – Titled "Directing the Montessori Children’s House" – Spiral bound, 115 pages

2nd Edition Published 2019 – Spiral bound, 115 pages with a new title and updated, additional content

Not all primary guides are sufficiently supported in their early years of teaching. What becomes of a directress who begins her career in a less than ideal, or even a poor, Montessori situation? While some talented guides manage to work through difficult situations and produce wonderful, normalized classrooms, many others become bewildered, frustrated and disenchanted. If a newly-trained teacher has not had the opportunity to observe or work with an experienced directress and a group of normalized students for a sufficient length of time, she may decide that a successful Montessori classroom is simply a myth. It was this realization that motivated me to write this book.


This book is pure gold for new teachers and a wonderful refresher for experienced teachers. Written by Mary Flewelling-Pinchen, a long time Montessorian, it covers all aspects of starting a Montessori class, including setting up the environment, orientation, normalization, classroom management, discipline and more. This book reminds us that every September is a new beginning, a chance to create beauty and order in the lives of our children. The tone is positive and optimistic.

- Montessori Services

Your first volume is fantastic!   Last fall, I became the lead teacher in the classroom.  I felt your support and gentle guidance behind me every step of the way! 

- Janet Riddel

I started reading your book immediately and it touched my heart deeply. I find myself in the exact situation you describe at the beginning of the book. After my training, I couldn’t find a mentor to guide me and even when I went back to my trainer with questions, I didn’t get the answers I needed. I have used logic and common sense to manage my classes so far, but I really needed practical guidance. So thank you for writing this amazing series of books. I can’t wait to have the second volume.

- Marianne Rofaiel

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Volume 2: 
Classroom Lessons, Routines and Celebrations

Published 2019
Spiral bound – 150 pages

As you begin working with children in the Montessori casa classroom, you will discover that the methodology of presenting lessons you learned while training is just the starting point. Likewise, your ability to incorporate successful classroom routines and celebrations in a seamless, Montessori manner is a skill that develops over time. It is the experience of observing, presenting lessons and nurturing the development of normalization day after day that helps you understand how children learn and how classroom routines and celebrations enhance their overall development. The ideas described in this volume will provide you with many things to think about as you undertake your journey of discovery in the casa classroom. 


Volume 3:
Observation, Documentation anD Parent Education

Publication TBA

The child’s transformative Montessori journey is optimized when teachers and parents collaborate effectively. Volume 3 of “At Home in the Montessori Children’s House” examines how effective observation, documentation, dialogue and on-going parent education strengthens the bond between home and school and optimizes the Montessori experience for all involved.