The Montessori method is complex. With more than 100 years’ worth of materials to sift through, it can be challenging to verify that information you gather about the Montessori Method is factual. As Montessori parents, it’s important to learn as much as you can about the Method so you can continue at-home education that complements work done at school. While some valuable resources exist on the internet, we believe that internet research can result in findings that are not in alignment with AMI practices. So for those of you who are looking to learn more about the Montessori Method, we recommend these AMI-approved books!

Maria Montessori – Her Life and Work by E.M. Standing
This book was written by Dr. Montessori’s close collaborator, E.M. Standing. Full of engaging thoughts, this part biography/part exposition of ideas gives us a glimpse into the mind of Dr. Montessori. This book is perfect for the parent wanting to dig deeper into the Montessori philosophy and learn the purpose behind specific ideas or principles.

Montessori Learning in the 21st Century: A Guide for Parents & Teachers by M. Shannon Helfrich
Developed in 1907, the Montessori Method hasn’t changed since its inception. However, the world has – and a looming question in the Montessori community is how to adequately apply the Method in modern society. Helfrich shares her 40 years of experience as a Montessori teacher in this book, linking Dr. Montessori’s findings with neuropsychological research on how children’s brains process information through years of development.

Montessori and Mindfulness by Susan Mayclin Stephenson
Mindfulness is an ancient practice that is still utilized in Montessori schools. Mindfulness continues to make a powerful impact and maintains a constant presence in today’s society. The author tells of her 45 years of meditation and Montessori experience, and gives detailed instructions for both teachers and parents to aid in the development of themselves and their children.

Taking the time to read these books will benefit you and your child, as well. For more information about the Montessori Method and how we apply it in daily life at MMS, contact us at