Monday, May 13, 2013

Giveaway: Montessori at Home eBook and Materials Bundle


Montessori at Home! eBook and Materials Bundle

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY YOU MUST ENTER THROUGH THE RAFFLECOPTER INCLUDED AT THE END OF THIS POST.

The Montessori at Home eBook and Materials Bundle contains the newly published 3rd edition of John Bowman's Montessori at Home:  A Complete Guide to Doing Montessori Early Learning Activities at Home with 3-6 year Old Children and 21 printable Montessori Print Shop materials that are recommended in the eBook!  John is allowing me to give away not one but THREE of this great combination here on the blog this week.

When my oldest son was about a year-and-a-half old I started to feel like we should be "doing something." I gave him some old shoelaces and empty spools, a bowl of beans, and some cups to stack but I was running out of ideas fast.  This led me to the library where I read and rejected many books full of "activities to do with your toddler" that weren't the types of activities I wanted to be doing with my toddler.  I wanted more ideas in the spirit of the ideas I already had.  This is what accidentally led me to discover Montessori.  When I finally did find books full of activities that just felt right to me they were:

I devoured these books and my kids devoured the activities.  The problem was that back in 2006 this was where the trail was lost a little bit.  At that time if you wanted to continue learning about Montessori you jumped right into David Gettman's Basic Montessori: Learning Activities For Under-Fives,  Paula Polk Lillard's books (Montessori from the Start, Montessori Today, Modern Montessori)  books , and Maria Montessori's own writings.  These are all great books, but a pretty big jump.  It is that big jump that makes Montessori homeschooling intimidating.  When you are reading materials that use a traditional Montessori classroom as their starting point the picture seems so big, the materials so numerous, the cost so expensive, and the stakes so high.

I wish that I had access to John Bowman's Montessori at Home during that time.  It has everything that I loved about those early books (Pitamic, Seldin) PLUS the information I needed to keep going (Gettman) all rolled into one.  For many families, this will be the only resource you need to create a wonderful preschool experience for their child at home (Although I always recommend reading Maria Montessori's own words!).

Nearly every week I receive e-mails asking me what book or albums I recommend for creating a Montessori-inspired homeschool.  That is always a more complicated question than it seems to be.  If a reader wants to create a homeschool environment similar to the one I have much in the way I have done it it is an easy question.  However, more often than not this is NOT the case.  Their family doesn't have the space, the money, or simply doesn't learn the same way I learn and needs different sort of materials to guide them.  I had to do a lot of "divining" from the albums and materials I had at my disposal and most importantly have had several wonderful mentors.  A lot of these families love Montessori but want a clearer, more relaxed path to creating this at home with a much less-elaborate set-up.  They want to know where to start, what to buy, where to buy it, and how to use it all.  John Bowman's Montessori at Home is made for those families.



I re-read Montessori at Home this weekend on my iPad.  In addition to all of the great information you need it is loaded with visuals, 56 pages of free printables, and live links to resources including videos to help you on your way.  I loved how he provides "action steps" to take each time a new tenet of the Montessori approach is explained.  There are several charts that show which activities to do when.  What really stood out to me about this book is that he does the best job I have seen of siphoning-down the amount of materials you need to buy.  I never realized you could accomplish so much of the Montessori math sequence with a teen bead bars box and printable golden beads!  I also never realized how much you could do with a hundred board!
Montessori at Home is partnered with the Montessori Print Shop and in addition to the eBook (normally $9.95) this giveaway includes 21 printable materials.



One of the things I love about these giveaways is that you can win no matter where you live!  Please make sure you enter through the Rafflecopter.  


This giveaway will be open for a full week with opportunities to enter every day.  Throughout the week you will have an opportunity to see these materials and MORE from the bundle in action in our homeschool.  Kal-El will be starting the detective adjective game this week!

The Rules of the Giveaway
This giveaway is open to anyone 18 or older worldwide.  The giveaway gifts are in pdf file format.  In order for their system to process the download links the giveaway sponsors may require the following from each winner:  name, address, telephone#, and email address.  All information is  kept confidential.  Be sure to provide the Rafflecopter with an e-mail address that you check regularly.  If I have not heard from the winners within three days of notification I will draw another winner.

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96 comments:

  1. Hey MBT! I am excited about this giveaway! THe most important thing I need from a Montessori Album/Book is a good direction as far as scope/sequence of materials, what comes next (traditionally - I may not stick with it, but it's nice to know) and VERY important is the steps to presenting it for the first time :)

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  2. I need to have visuals in a Montessori book...because I remember what I read more easily that way!!

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  3. An ideal album/book would have a clear progression of activities or even a sample schedule/curriculum. And clear instructions on how to present activities. Thanks!

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  4. This is a GREAT giveaway! I'm in France and teach in an bilingual French-English school and would surely use these!! Merci beaucoup!

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  5. What a terrific giveaway! I love Montessori Print Shop! :)

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  6. I love the convenience of the ebook and how easily it is to store. Printables are a huge timesaver.

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  7. What a wonderful give away! I love Montessori Print Shop!

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  9. The most important thing in a Montessori album or book is photos and/or great descriptions of the presentations.

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  10. The most important thing I need from a Montessori album is a very step by step photos.
    Thanks for this giveaway!

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  11. I need pictures, either on how to do the activities or how it looks like (or at least some sort of illustrations on the expected outcome)

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  12. I'd like to see how to use some of the math materials step by step so we can incorporate them into our homeschool.

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  13. Me parece perfecto como complemento a la educación de mis hijos

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  14. How to set up a Montessori classroom and how all the manipulatives work to help children learn. Soehls@yahoo.com

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  15. We have just added my pre school aged granddaughter to our homeschool. Montessori is perfect for her as she is a busy girl and cant wait for grandma to get things out for her to do.

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  16. I am very excited about this giveaway! The most important thing I wish from a Montessori Book is a good direction for using the materials, a hint what comes next for my own orientation but the most important is the steps to presenting it.

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  17. Thank you for the giveaway! I am starting the homeschool journey with my 3 year old so I am looking to get my hands on anything that will be useful for us!

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  18. Thank you so much for having the opportunity to win this giveaway. I am looking forward for many great ideas to introduce to my kindergarten children.

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  19. Explanations about how to use the materials, with photos.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  20. I am a teacher and I am planning on homeschooling my kids. I don't want to do it the "traditional" way but that's the way I lean since I spent 4 years training and many years teaching the traditional way. The Montessori materials would be a huge help to me to give me ideas, direction, and help me battle that urge to follow units and books rather than helping them learn all those things through exploration.

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  21. Explanations on now to use and present the materials especially for math. Thanks!

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  22. The most important thing to me is that there are photos or illustrations to help me with the presentations of the material.

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  23. My son attends a Montessori school, and he has special needs, so it would be great to have this resource to help him at home as well. (Plus he gets so bored at home on the weekends!). Thanks so much for sharing with us your hard work with your kids. I'm always very inspired.

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  24. The materials alone would be an amazing resource for us!

    Lynn M.

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  25. Specifically the geography cards :)

    Lynn M.

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  26. Ok I know I am old when it takes 3 tries to make a comment. I want to use my goggle account but it keeps taking me to a "make a blog" page that I can't escape..... OK, for the sake of the giveaway this is Norah Ladd!! LOL .... I am a Montessori Loving Gramma who is helping homeschool 4 of my wonderful grandchildren. I homeschooled all 5 of my children and am working to complete my BA in Elementary Education. I have accumulated most of the Montessori materials for infant through early childhood. I am now starting on early elementary with my oldest grand-daughter. I own all the albums from Montessori R&D for the early years and am now starting to purchase the elementary ones. MY problem is that some presentations within the same album could and should be done at the same time. The younger ages were easier because I could basically use the table of contents as my sequencing of presentations. I was hoping the Elementary Albums would address this issue but they didn't. I found your blog and many other great sites while searching for a solution but still have had no luck. If you can help me with a suggested outline or point me to the place where I can find an answer I would be very grateful. Thank you, Norah Ladd

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  27. Just started Montessori with my 3-year-old. Thank you for your wonderful blog!

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  28. one of the most importnt/useful things I've found in albums/manuals/books would be photos of the work on trays.
    ~Stephanie sconrad@carlow.edu

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  29. What a great giveaway! It sounds like a great product. It would be nice to have the guidance the ebook would provide.

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  30. The most important thing that I need is sequencing of materials, and clear descriptions of how to use/present the material.

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  31. Oooooooooooo! Finally a giveaway I can enter!

    What I need from a Montessori book is one that provides simple & concise explanation on the how to-s. Better yet, have a picture for each step of the way because very often it is very difficult to understand the description especially if one hasn't seen the materials. The other thing I'm looking for in Montessori books is lessons for beyond 5 years old. I find there's an abrupt halt after 5 years old. :)

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  32. It is great to read the comments of the entrants here, great feedback. Montessori At Home! is full of color photos of materials, clear directions for their use and presentation, and has charts showing general sequences for all the activities. The Math & Reading chapters activities are specifically sequenced and very easy to follow. I designed the eBook to, hopefully, give parents all the information they need to get started doing Montessori at home quickly and with a good understanding of the how's and why's. Good luck to all of you!

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    1. that sounds so wonderful! I am really hoping to win this one :) Thanks for offering the giveaway through WDWDAD's blog!

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  33. Such an amazing giveaway thank you! As someone who has emailed you I also want to say thank you for such a lovely reply! The most important thing I need are simple ideas with easy to follow steps!

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  34. Oh how I agree what a huge jump David Gettman is - I pored over that book and it totally freaked me out and I really struggled to use it effectively without being too austere about things! What I need it something that can be applied at home without it being a requirement to have a classroom space which I simply don't have! Great competition, with a little one on his way to two this would be great to use! Thanks, Jenni

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  35. Should have said before that although we have leaned more towards Charlotte Mason, your blog posts have inspired me to look again at setting up some of the maths lessons for my girls!! Jen x

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  36. I have four kids 1-9 and this would be a great help with homeschool!

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  37. Hi there,
    I am a mum and also look after children in my own home as my career. We love doing a variety of activities very day and so this giveaway would really help me t ocome up with new ideas and save me time too. Thank you!

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  38. Scope and sequence are very helpful!

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  39. Clear step by step instructions on how to complete an activity are a must for us :)

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  40. Thank you for this great giveaway!

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  41. Thank you for the opportunity. I like my Montessori album or book with clear and simple instructions for each activities recommended. Bright and good pictures included will be a big bonus too so busy parents can learn it quick and teach at home.

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  42. Your blog has been very helpful in my journey to understanding how Montessori works. Thanks!

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  43. I am in a Montessori teacher training course at the moment and love this methode of teaching and wih books like "Montessori at home" I get a lot of support and ideas to work with!

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  44. My daughter works at a Montessori school and I am very interested in this method.We have homeschooled for 14 years and I would like to try a new wwy to teach children.

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  45. My oldest one had mild autism and would greatly benefit from all that Montessori materials!
    Thanks

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  46. Will be helpful to teach my daughters

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  47. I would love to read once a post from the lucky reciever :)

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  48. The most important is the secuence of th materials.

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  49. I always appreciate suggestions for how to inexpensively make materials at home, and would love to see suggestions for material making included in an album.

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  50. I love these all Montessori materials and I would like to win it!!
    Thanks

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  51. I am a Kindergarten and primary school teacher in Germany and we teach immersion English starting in Kindergarten. The Montessori Methode is the best Methode there is for immersion! With this book I will get a lot of information and instruction.

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  52. I need step by step instructions and lots of pictures in a Montessori album or book. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  53. I don't blog so here's my second comment. I love Pinterest and often pin your posts! Thanks for all your hard work!

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  54. This sounds great!

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  55. Thank you for the giveaway! So helpful!

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  56. Thank you for offering this giveaway
    Stephanie sconrad@carlow.edu

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  58. What I need most are pictures with each instruction in a Montessori album. Videos would be even better. I am a visual learner and reading lots and lots of steps are never very helpful for me.

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  59. Sarei felicissima di poter vincere per i miei tre figli

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  60. Awesome, so glad I checked your recent post. I have been reading your old posts every day to try and get myself on the right track. I would say like Monica U I need picture instructions. Add me to the visual learner list. Thanks!

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  61. I need information for someone who is an educator but who is not Montessori trained. I have really enjoyed your blog posts on music. Keep them coming, please!

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  62. I am eager to do more teaching at home with my 14 month girl in the Montessori way, and I have heard this book is great!

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  63. This is so awesome Thank You for the giveaway! I actually have the book already but I would love to get the printable materials-I have not started to print and make them!!!

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  64. This is my additional comment for the day :) I am so grateful that you have taken the time to create this blog. It is an invaluable resource for homeschooling moms like me that are just getting started. Thank you!

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  65. I am amazed that you have the time and energy to not only homeschool your kids, but to keep this blog going too! I have learned a lot from your posts! Thank you!

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  66. I am so excited to see the winner of this giveaway! Although I am, of course, hoping to be one of them, I know whoever wins will benefit greatly from the wonderful materials and resources!

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  67. Great giveaway! The winner will be a big winner with such a great book!

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  68. I have checked out several books from the library on Montessori, but I would like to start a collection of Montessori books of my own. Any favorites that you recommend to start with other than Montessori At Home? I have a 3.5 year old who is reading and a 2 month old as well.

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  69. Thank you for your hard work. Melanie

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  70. I have spent all day reading your blog....again :) I have lots of questions but I hope to be the winner of your fabulous giveaway! Thanks again :)

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  71. Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway!

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  72. My 4 year old daughter is actually starting at a Montessori school in the fall, and I would like know more about how to support and complement that at home.

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  73. I am just beginning the homeschooling journey with my 2 and 4 year old girls. We would love more information about the Montessori method at home!

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  74. We would like to start homeschooling our preschoolers and we would like to get more clarification about the sequence of activities and how to arrange the home environment. Thank you for this giveaway!

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  75. To get a chance winning this great "Montessori at home" book is the best chance to bring good education to your children.

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  76. I always need new information, ideas and new materials! What a great giveaway!

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  77. Excited to find out who will win the giveaway! :)

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  78. I have heard +ve feedbacks on this book, it's a great giveaway this time!

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  79. I haven't been able to enter as diligently this time, but I am really hoping to win one of these book/bundle packages!

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  80. Most important thing from a Montessori Book or Album is color pictures of the works (visuals). Need to see how to lay it out and give the lesson. Only words are not very helpful.

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  81. The Last day to enter! I can't wait to find out who won! I, of course, hope to be one of them, but I know anyone will be able to use this and will enjoy it! Happy Giveaway-entering everyone!

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  82. I would love to win this Giveaway and use it for all my children in Kindergarten! Thank you for giving us the chance to win the "Montessori at home" book!

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  83. Last 11 hours, who would be lucky enough to get this good book? :)
    Fingers crossed....

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  84. Sequencing is very important in a Montessori book. I want to know which works follow which, what to bring out again if something is too difficult and what skills point to introducing new work

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  85. Right now I am so confused how to go about with teaching my 3 year old. This would be the best way I could help her and myself too :)

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  86. For me, I want a book that has not simple ideas, not just big ideas. Things that I can implement immediately. Pictures are also great!

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  87. Pound for pound, the amoeba is the most vicious creature on earth.

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  88. since i live in India i find resoucre scarce for montessori Love to win it

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  89. Love this blog, I currently have my 3 year old in a Montessori community, however I would love to learn how to incorporate more lessons at home! Thanks for all the valuable information!

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  90. aaaaaahhhhhhhh! I won! I never win anything! Thank you so much!!!!!!

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  91. Thank you for the chance. I like my Montessori record or guide with obvious and easy guidelines for each actions suggested. Shiny and good images involved will be a big reward too so active mother and father can understand it fast and educate at home.

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