At Home in the Montessori Children’s House  

A Teacher-to-Teacher Guidebook of Practical Inspiration Volumes 1, 2 & 3

(Formerly entitled "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. With simple language and expressive images, each book presents important ideas, strategies and reflections for Montessori guides and admirers of the Montessori philosophy.

 
 
 
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volume 1: 
Establishing a Child-Centered Community

1st Edition Published 2012 – Spiral bound, 115 pages
2nd Edition Published 2018 – Spiral bound, 117 pages with new title and updated content

Not all teachers 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? Some talented and determined teachers manage to work through difficult situations and produce wonderful, normalized classrooms. However, many others become bewildered, frustrated and ultimately, disenchanted. If a newly trained teacher has not had the opportunity to 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.

 

Reviews

This book is pure gold for new teachers and a wonderful refresher for experienced teachers. Written by Mary Flewelling-Pinchen, a Montessorian for over 35 years, 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 2018
Spiral bound – 146 pages

When 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. No training program, book or manual, in and of itself, can ever provide you with this kind of wisdom. It can only be acquired over time as you work with children in the prepared environment. That being said, 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

Expected Publication 2020/2021

The three foundational pillars in Montessori education are the child, the parents and the prepared environment. Montessori educators sometimes use an illustration of an equilateral triangle to depict the collaborative work that parents and teachers must undertake in order to support the child’s transformative Montessori journey. 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.