Synopses & Reviews
These unique board books bring the popular Montessori pedagogy to trade book form for the first time. Using materials and methods common to Montessori classrooms, these interactive board books immerse young children in an aesthetically rich learning experience, while providing parents and caregivers with carefully crafted language to encourage understanding.
In Montessori classrooms, students learn to write before they learn to read, so the process is driven by their own words and thoughts before those of others. Letters are taught first as sounds (instead of names), and alphabet tiles encourage children to trace each letter with their fingers. This book honors that tradition by emulating the standard classroom material with touchable, traceable letters and beautiful colors that evoke the elegant simplicity of the Montessori aesthetic.
Praise for Montessori: Letter Work
andquot;The combination of phonetics and simple retro illustration makes for an excellent entree into pre-literacy.andquot;
andmdash;The Wall Street Journal
Learn letters the Montessori way
Based on the proven Montessori teaching method, Montessori: Letter Work introduces letters to readers first by their sounds and shapes before their names. Each letter is textured for readers to trace and accompanied by a familiar object that shares its sound.
Written by Bobby and June George, founders of the Baan Dek Montessori School, the Montessori series introduces young readers to key concepts by beginning with the concrete and moving to the abstract. With each book, young readers absorb age-appropriate information and gain a better understanding of the world around them.
As with all things Montessori, students begin with the concrete and move to the abstract. When learning geography, students first develop an understanding that the earth is a round globe, made up of land and water. They then manipulate the shape of each continent before addressing its name and location. Montessori: Map Work
introduces readers to the seven continents via textured edges to trace with their fingers, modes of transportation between each one for spatial context, and illustrated native animals for relevant and meaningful associations. Young children will absorb the age-appropriate geography and gain a better sense of their place in the world.
Praise for Montessori: Map Work
andquot;This ingeniously designed book follows the andldquo;Montessori wayandrdquo; of teaching children concrete concepts in an accessible way.andquot;
--School Library Journal
As with all things Montessori, students begin with the concrete and move to the abstract. When learning shapes, Montessori students first develop an understanding of the spatial object in comparison to other shapes and a relevant application for each shapeand#8212;before
learning the names. Inspired by this process, Montessori: Shape Work
offers readers die-cut shapes to trace with their fingers, grouped by family for comparison, and illustrated with a familiar object for relevancy. Featured shapes include three triangles (equilateral, isosceles, right-angled); three rounds (circle, oval, ellipse); three parallelograms (square, rectangle, rhombus); and three polygons (pentagon, hexagon, octagon). With a letter to parents included, this third Montessori board book joins Montessori: Letter Work
and Montessori: Number Work
in a growing library of original concept books.
About the Author
Bobby George is a lifelong student and entrepreneur, with a PhD in philosophy. Bobby and his wife, June George, founded and run Baan Dekandmdash;the first Montessori school in South Dakota.and#160;They also own and operate Montessorium, a Montessori app company. Alyssa Nassner is an illustrator and hand letterer based out of Minneapolis. She is the illustrator of the Montessori series for Abrams as well as several books for Chronicle and Ivy Press.