1. Available for preorder – to be shipped in April 2018
Last year, I had an idea to write a book for my toddler friends to help their families bring some calm back into their homes + to share what I have learned from working with toddlers for nearly 15 years as a Montessori teacher (as well as mother to two teenagers who were once toddlers too).
In September 2017, I raised money via Kickstarter to write, illustrate, print and ship the first 2,000 copies of this book. The response was amazing. It looks like a lot of people are looking for a comprehensive guide to raising toddlers in a Montessori way. Here’s the final result from the Kickstarter:
Want your own copy? It is not too late. You can now preorder a copy which will be printed and shipped in April 2018. The book costs €25 + €10 shipping anywhere in the world (or €5 if you live in the Netherlands).
Note: Orders on or before 31 January were shipped on 8 February. Orders on or before 15 February were shipped on 23 February. All other orders will be shipped in April 2018 once more copies are printed. Please allow 2-4 weeks for shipping (and up to 6 weeks for Asia and Israel).
2. The story behind this book
There is no doubt about it. Toddlers can be tricky. On one hand they can be lovely. On the other hand they can be really hard work. They’ll make you laugh. And they will probably bring you to tears. Or at least a high level of frustration.
I felt the same way when my children were small and I was struggling to get them to do things. I felt enormous empathy for them, but wasn’t sure what the alternative was to threatening, bribing or putting them into time out.
It’s been my mission since then to find another way. I’ve now been working in Montessori education for nearly 15 years and love to learn from the 100 toddlers and parents I see every week in my classroom. I am so happy to share with you what I have learned and help you understand your toddler better too.
This book is the result. Your comprehensive guide to raising toddlers in a Montessori way.
A quick aside for those of you that don’t know Montessori. It is an alternative education system where, instead of the teacher standing at the front of the classroom telling the kids what they need to know, the children are free to explore a classroom of well-designed materials covering language, mathematics, daily life skills and more. The result is that the children are able to follow their unique natural rhythm and development as well as learn with concrete learning materials to make discoveries for themselves. But that’s it. It’s not just for school aged children – you can apply exactly the same ideas in your home and with your toddler.
And when I say toddler, I’m talking about children around 1 to 3 years, give or take a few months.
Each section of the book is super practical and it is beautifully designed to make it even easier to read. It’s perfect if you are a busy parent, carer or even grandparent. And it doesn’t matter if you are brand new to Montessori or have been using Montessori for a while – or even if you aren’t planning to send your children to Montessori school. You can read it from cover to cover. Or just open up the book at a page that interests you and you will find something practical you can try today.
You’ll learn how to set up your home to get rid of the chaos and bring back some calm into your lives. You will get the tools to work together with your child. How you can lead, guide and support them, especially when they are having a hard time (and throwing themselves on the ground in the most inconvenient of places). You’ll also get ideas to create Montessori activities at home that are just right for your toddler.
You will find answers to your questions. To see there is another more peaceful way to be with your toddler. To help you plant the seeds to raise a respectful and responsible human being. To work on a relationship with your toddler which you will be building on for years.
So are you ready to say goodbye to frustration and hello to peace and calm? It’s time for us to learn to see through our toddler’s eyes – The Montessori Toddler.
3. Table of contents
The book will cover:
- Changing how we see toddlers
- An introduction to Montessori
- Montessori activities for toddlers – creating activities that engage and provide just the right challenge for them
- Setting up the home – getting rid of the chaos and creating inviting spaces
- Parenting a Montessori toddler – keeping them curious and responsible
- Putting it into practice – all your questions about sleeping, eating, toileting etc
- Being the adult – how we can prepare ourselves to raise our toddlers
- Working together – working with grandparents, babysitters and family members to get them on board
- What’s next – and after toddlerhood comes more…
- Real stories – a peek into some real homes
3. More about the book
Written completely from scratch, not just a compilation of blog posts
It is kind of disappointing if you order a book from someone you have been following online, only to discover that the book is a compilation of their blog posts. Never fear. I have written this book from scratch and put it together into logical and clear sections, easy to find exactly what you need.
Easy to read
The book layout and illustrations are being created by the very talented Hiyoko Imai. So the book will not only be practical, it will be beautiful and easy to read too.
Environmentally friendly production
I am also happy to be collaborating with local printers here in the Netherlands to make an environmentally friendly book. The book is produced completely C02 neutral with a cover made from agriwaste, the paper FSC, and the inks are plant-based.
- softcover/paperback book – each end will be bookended by French flaps (that’s those fun flaps like a book jacket but part of the cover) which make it look lovely, keep it sturdy, and give you a built in bookmark to hold your place
- 245 pages
- handy size (H 240 mm x W 170 mm)
- durable with sewn stitching to make it easy to open flat
4. Buy your copy today
- Cost of book: €25
- Cost of shipping: €10 to anywhere in the world//€5 shipping for the Netherlands
- Date available: to be shipped in February 2018 (exact date to be confirmed)
5. Share with your friends and family
I would love you to share this project with a friend and/or your family. Help me send out more peace and positivity into the world.
If we can learn to understand our toddlers, we can also learn to understand other humans in the world, and live in a more peaceful way together.
6. About me
I am an AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Montessori teacher and mother of 2 children. Finding Montessori helped me so much and love to help parents introduce these ideas in their homes too, helping them get back the calm and joy with their toddlers.
I run parent-child Montessori classes in Amsterdam at Jacaranda Tree Montessori. And two years ago I set up this website to give tips, answer questions, and run e-courses and online workshops for parents which over 1,000 people have already enjoyed. Now I am extending this support by writing this book to answer all your questions too.
I can’t wait to share with you what I have learned.
Here is what a few people have said…
“Simone is a very warm, compassionate, and intelligent instructor who creates a sense of serenity and support in the classroom while maintaining an air of humour and enjoyment. Her genuineness allows her to form strong relationships with the children resulting in the children’s increased respect for themselves, others, and the learning process.”
…about The Montessori Notebook
“This is amazing!! Thank you so much Simone!!! An invaluable reference indeed, so great to have it all in one place. That must have been so much work. Very grateful.”
…about the book
“Hello Simone, Finally today I got your book. It’s been delivered even here, in Tirana – Albania. Hope will have a great impact to our society, too. Best wishes to you!” – Joanna, Albania
“Love ours! Thank you!” – @kellelder83, instagram
“Simone has done a marvelous job of offering us another way to think about toddlers, of offering concrete, practical, and relatable examples, in a way that is tender, kind and helpful.
With practical advice, supportive tips, and encyclopedic wisdom, The Montessori Toddler presents a positive, respectful and informative appreciation of toddlers.” – Baan Dek Montessori
“Finally, received your book. It is a labor of love for everyone to enjoy! Love the thoughtful words and carefully chosen pictures to help us understand how to best help the child and learn along beside him/her for life. Thank you so much.” – Emilie, USA
“Simone, I love your book. Every single sentence is so riche and wise, filled with a lot of respect and love for children! I learn so much! Thank you for that wonderful book!” – @herbstkinder, instagram
“Since the mailman handed it to me a few weeks ago, I literally devour Simone’s book and love every single word in it! It not only shows how the Montessori philosophy can be lived at home, there are also many tips and ideas. This book is full of respect, mindfulness and love and not just to the toddler, but also to parents.” – Eltern vom Mars blog, Austria
7. Huge thanks to…
Hiyoko Imai (illustrator/designer extraordinaire) for her creativity, enthusiasm and support. She is one of those generous souls that helped translate my words into the most beautiful version it can be. She has recently launched Nihongo Post workshops & snail mail packages to share Japanese culture and crafts with everyone.
To all the families I have worked with. I have learned so much from you. Thank you for trusting me to work with you, grow with you, laugh with you and support you.
To all the Kickstarter backers for bringing this project to life.
And to you. For your support. Let’s spread the word far, wide, deep and many and see what a difference we can make changing one family at a time.
Will it be available as an e-book or Kindle version?
The book is very visual and works best in a printed (eco-)book. I believe that the book will help you most as a physical copy which you can hold in your hand and refer back to for easy reference. For this reason, I have decided not to make an e-book/Kindle version.
Is the book available on Amazon?
I hope it will be on Amazon in the future but this may take some time to happen. For now the only way to get your hands on a copy is through the preorders here.