Book Review

Montessori Book Deal!


Well everyone, I know its Monday and I usually have some words of wisdom or some amazing school time stories, but today I have something even more special for you all! John Bowman, a certified Montessori Teacher, has his latest, and best edition of Montessori At Home e-book for sale! I know that I have talked about it before, but honestly it is the best of the best out there for anyone with a 3-6 year old who wants to add a little Montessori to their homes! There is enough information here to homeschool, but it is simple enough if you just want to add a bit to start with! But wait there’s more….its ONLY $10.95! SERIOUSLY! This book is over 500 pages of information and activities. It starts off with an amazing quick start guild (for those of you too impatient to read the whole book first), and it follows with a rather detailed overview of Maria Montessori. It is divided by subject matter and even includes the cultural work that is sometime hard to figure out how to do! This is always my first recommendation for a Montessori resource, and today you can get it here! Plus my girls are in the book, which is always fun too!


 Now, another thing that I really love about this deal is that Montessori Print Shop put together a bundle of 21 of their amazing material to help you do the presentations in the book! The value of this bundle if you bought the material separately would by $60, but for only $24 you can get them all! This is really an amazing way to get Montessori in your home and working quickly, inexpensively, and the way Maria Montessori designed it!   I have signed up as an affiliate for this book, which means, if you buy the book from the link on my blog, I will get a few bucks! So if you are thinking of buying the book, it would mean the world if you just click on the link here to get to the site! The money will help me keep things going on the blog! Check it and see what you think! If you already have the book, you can always check out the Materials Bundle! If you have it all already, leave me a comment and tell me what you think of it so far! What worked, what didnt, and what you LOVE! If you need more convincing, here are some reviews of other people who have the book:

“Your book appears to be EXACTLY what I have been looking for. I have only recently begun researching the Montessori method and I’m currently feeling a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of info and ideas. I had no idea where to start. Your book is a fantastic summary of everything I wanted to know and it looks as though it is going to be a wonderful tool for focusing my ideas and beginning an actual routine and plan. Thank you so much!”

 “This is an amazing book! You have done parents an enormous favor. Thanks so much!”

“I didn’t know what to expect when I downloaded Montessori At Home! So many things don’t live up to their hype. This book not only lives up to it, it exceeds your descriptions. What a find! As soon as I read a bit I am going to do our first activity – thank you!”

Happy Schooling Everyone! Have fun making Montessori fun and Memories!

Magellan Montessori~ A Reveiw

Magellan Montessori's Homeschooling Early Elementary (Ages 6-9 Years)

I was offered a chance to review a new book that is written for the Montessori Homeschooler of lower elementary kids (ages 6-9). I cant tell you how excited I was to do this because as we all know there is such a limited amount of resources out there for this! What I got was a 365 page Kindle E-Book! Magellan Montessori Homeschooling Early Elementary book is written by Miriam Coates, M.Ed. who is a Montessori Directress! That means this book really is truly Montessori. The book starts off by going in depth into a description of the preparation of child in the Primary (age 3-6) classroom and then it goes into the changes a child goes through as they enter first grade. The book then offers many idea about setting up your own homeschool environment. The ideas are really great at helping explain how to set it up, even if you dont have a whole room to use. As it gets into the lessons, I love that it tells you the objective for the lessons and it also gives you some alternatives to the traditional materials you need for teaching. This is great, especially for those of us that are trying to operate on a budget! The only thing that I noticed is that when it explains the presentations, it gives you an idea, but it doesnt get into any step by steps for how to give the presentation. This is where you would need a set of traditional Montessori albums if you want that kind of help (like me:). It does cover a majority of the subjects like Practical Life, Language Arts, Math, Botany, Zoology, Great Lessons, Geography, Art, and Astronomy, so there are plenty of ideas for learning! Another thing that this book does is give you links for what the materials look like using the Neinhuis website. I personally like to see pictures in book, so this is a bit of draw back for me, but at least there are links! Finally, there is a website that goes with the book to offer support and answer questions! I love it when there is someone to ask questions to, and if you read this blog much, you know I ask alot of them! So if you are looking for  great new Montessori resource, this might one you want to look into! When you look at the book, price may seem a little high, but if you compare it to other classes and courses,  it really isnt too bad! I hope you check it out! Happy Schooling everyone!

***Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of the book to give an honest review of my opinion of this book. These thoughts are my own!***

Naturally Fun Parties for Kids~ A Book Reveiw!

By: Anni Daulter with Heather Fontenot

A while ago I volunteered to review this party book, and I got it in the mail last week. I will tell you thin, I was not disappointed!!!!! This book has it all~ invitation ideas, decorations, recipes, time lines, and activities!!!!! There are 12 different parties, 3 for each season of the year. Each of them is different and unique, and each of them is earth friendly and beautiful!!!! When I first saw this book I fell in love with it! If I had gotten it from the library, I would have probably bought myself a copy! There were so many great ideas here and it was like holding a pintrest board in my hands! I know for sure that there are at least five different parties in this book that I think that I can realistically do easily this year! The ideas are simple, but the results were unbelievable! There are a ton of pictures in this book and they are really beautiful. I love how they use what they have on hand and show you how those elements can really work together to become a party that will impress any guest you invite! But enough talking, I will show you what I mean! I was having my sister in law over and I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to use some the ideas from this book to have an Easter egg party! The first party in this book is the Egg Dyeing Spring Party! It is a beautiful outside party with upcycled fabric banner, fabric wrapped glass bottles with flowers in them, Inspirational banner made with fabric and sticks, bread baked in flower pots, and of course egg dying (they include all the natural dye recipes). I thought I would pull out some the ideas and apply them to my house (it was too cold to be outside). The results were wonderful!!!! I think that it was really pretty! Here are some pictures for you to see and I will tell you what I got from the book!

Here is where our party took place!

I used a variety of vases I got from a thrift shop and added some pretty spring flowers and fabric strips to them! This was one of the decorating ideas from the book and I really liked how simple and pretty it was!

Here are the cups to hold our paint. The fabric I had was rainbow and I had the right color for each jar! 🙂

Here is my fabric banner. It was one of the main decorating ideas in this party and it was so easy and pretty! All I needed to do was cut the fabric into strips and tie it on to some string! Easy Peesy!

Here is my version of the inspirational signs. They used one piece of material and put the word on it. I did what was best for my space and they looked really cute!

Here are our wooden eggs and paint all ready to go. Because my sister in law live a ways away, I thought that painting wooden eggs instead of dying real ones would be better for transportation! It was a great project and the results were wonderful! The kids painted the eggs up right away and then they moved on to some painting on paper! When is painting never a fun thing to do?

Food for lunch was a simple picnic type affair. In the book, they had some wonderful looking recipes for bread baked in flower pot, egg quiches, and frozen lemon pops! With so many kids, I thought that finger foods would be a bunch of fun and easy!

Finally, here is eggs after they were done a dry! Aren’t they cute? I think so, and as the kids all said these are eggs that cant break and wont rot! 😉
So my opinion is that this book is really great! Its perfect for any type of party you want ideas for or for any fun get together that you want to add something special to! We are going to have a blast with this book and hope that you check it out too! Let me know what you think!