The Baby Steps and Building Blocks Co-op opted to go with a Montessori-based approach to preschool. Below is a compilation of resources from my research for the lesson planning for that group, which started in September.
The group is mainly using “Mommy Teach Me!” as our curriculum. Buy the book or learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/buyMommyTeachMe
Your purchase using this link benefits the General Fund.
Also very helpful has been “Mommy, Teach Me to Read!” You can buy that one here: http://tinyurl.com/buyMommyTeachMeToRead
Teaching Montessori in the Home: Pre-School Years: The Pre-School Years
The general overview and presentation doesn’t impress me to nearly the level of Mommy, Teach Me!, but the additional “make your own” materials section and the few extra lesson plans for the age group I’m working with made it worth picking up.
More sites & helpful articles
Montessori Mom Blog: http://montessoriconfessions.blogspot.com/
Downloadable lesson plans, etc: http://www.montessorifortheearth.com/
This article beautifully illustrates the premise at the heart of the Montessori method, plus adds info from new studies that support the value of it.
Montessori at Home Blog: http://moosehuntress.blogspot.com/
(Includes articles on making sensory materials yourself)
What is the “three period lesson?”http://budurl.com/qpj6
Adapting the “three period lesson” for younger children: http://budurl.com/bmnx
Incorporating Montessori ideas into the daily routine at 24-36 months: http://www.dailymontessori.com/montessori-age-24-36-months/
Montessori Index http://www.montessori.edu/
Homeschooling section of the site: http://www.montessori.edu/homeschooling.html
Montessori homeschool activities: http://www.monthome.com/
Maria Montessori’s book as an e-book: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/montessori/method/method.html
Free Montessori printables: http://www.montessorimom.com/welcome/
International Montessori Society:http://imsmontessori.org/what-is-montessori.htm