Sunday, July 24, 2011

Montessori At Home! Review & Two-Part Giveaway!

~This giveaway is now closed!~

Have you heard of Montessori At Home!, the wonderfully resourceful book written by John Bowman? Yes? Then you know just what a treat one of you will be receiving!

For those that aren't familiar with the book, allow me to quote the author's website:
"Montessori At Home! shows you how to easily and inexpensively create over 200 brain building experiences for your preschooler. These Montessori activities are not complicated and require no special training for parents to do at home. We show you everything you need to know to give your child the benefits of these early learning experiences."

John was kind enough to offer me a free copy of his book to review and while the above quote is absolutely true, there's so much more to this fantastic how-to guide. (View sample pages)

Inside of this book you'll find:
::An extensive list of which Montessori materials work well at home as well as a comparative price list.
::Detailed activity guides complete with what age the activity is geared toward, the materials needed, the goal(s) of the activity, how to present it, and potential extensions.
::An informative, yet concise history of Montessori.
::Lots of links and shopping recommendations.
::Over 30 printable activity sheets including the Hundreds Board, Numeral Cards, and Land/Water Forms!

I was delighted to find several activities in Montessori At Home! that we had yet to try - here are just a few I've added to our shelves since reviewing the book:
100 Penny Layout with the Hundreds Board

Pipe Building. The book suggests using real piping materials, which I think is a really fun idea! We happened to have this marble run on hand and used it instead.

Tees & Marbles

Magnetic vs. Non-Magnetic

Fun stuff, right? Montessori At Home! is an excellent in home guide for those wanting to incorporate the Montessori method into their child's learning experience. It's perfect for teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone with a passion for Montessori!

Now for the giveaway:
John offers Montessori At Home! in two formats: CD and e-book. His paperback version, titled Help Your Preschooler Build A Better Brain, is a bit more condensed though it too is a fantastic resource.

You can try your hand at winning a FREE copy of the CD and the book by entering this giveaway! Open to anyone, anywhere!!
~Please note: the CD and paperback copy of the book is available only to those in the US.
All other locations will receive a downloadable e-book.
~

AND because I'm feeling very "mother hen" right now (thanks, pregnancy hormones!), I'm throwing in a little something, too!
~Please note: this portion of the giveaway is only available if the winner is located in the US.
(Sorry - international shipping is just too expensive!)
~


I'm such a believer in providing Montessori activities at home that I really want one of your kiddos to benefit from something my son has enjoyed time and again. I'll be gifting the winner ONE of the following:


This juicing kit (from Montessori N' Such) - it comes with everything you see minus the oranges. :)

~OR~


This set of Sandpaper Numerals (from Kid Advance) - a must have in any classroom.

The winner can chose which of the above materials they'd like to receive.

Here's how you can enter to win:
Mandatory entry:
1. Leave a comment on this post.

Extra entries:
2. Like Counting Coconuts on Facebook and leave me a separate comment on this post letting me know you have/already do.
3. Follow Counting Coconuts and leave me a separate comment on this post letting me know you have/already do.
5. After today come back and leave me one comment per day on this post until the end of the giveaway.

A couple of notes:
:: All comments are moderated - they will NOT appear immediately after you post them.
:: Do not leave your entry comments on the Counting Coconuts Facebook page - they will not be included.
:: Regarding separate comments - each entry will be counted as a chance to win. If you put all of your entry requirements into just ONE comment, you'll only have ONE chance to win.

This giveaway ends at 9pm (Atlantic Time) on Friday, July 29th. The winner will be announced the following day.

~Good luck, everyone!~

659 comments:

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--sme said...

I 'Like' Counting Coconuts on Facebook.

--sme said...

...and I follow Counting Coconuts on Google Reader (which is how I saw this giveaway!)

jaem said...

I'd love to read this book!

jaem said...

I liked your page on facebook

Stephanie said...

Wow! What a giveaway! As always Mari-Ann you have out done yourself! :) We would Love to win this! Thanks for offering it!

jaem said...

I follow your blog with my google reader.

Stephanie said...

I follwo on FB!!!!!

Stephanie said...

I have followed your blog for a long time! Love it!

p.dogs3 said...

Sounds like a great book......

p.dogs3 said...

Already like you on Facebook.

p.dogs3 said...

Already follow your blog :-)

Michelle said...

This book would be so helpful! Wonderful giveaway!

kbuck said...

I am a faithful follower of Counting Coconuts!

kbuck said...

I also have liked your facebook page.

Jenevra said...

Thank you for a wonderful giveaway! My daughter loves Montessori activities.

Jenevra said...

I've liked you on Facebook. Thanks!

Jenevra said...

I follow you on my Google reader. Cheers!

Kite Koop Keeper said...

I SOO need this right now. I, too, am pregnant and the thought of planning from scratch this year for 2 kids while giving birth is overwhelming at the moment!

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Kite Koop Keeper said...

Am a FB follower already

Kite Koop Keeper said...

One of your followers already!

La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life said...

Pick me, pick me. Would LOVE to win this resource.

Terri said...

Would love to have this book to share with the parents in my preschool, and the work from MnS looks like fun!!!

La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life said...

I am a follower on FB!

Pinkie said...

This is a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

Pinkie said...

I'm a FB fan of yours.

Pinkie said...

I am a follower of yours, too.

Susan C said...

What a great book. I would love to have this. Thanks for a great giveaway.

Susan C in NY

Susan C said...

I'm a recent follower on Facebook.

Mara said...

Great opportunity to win this incredible book! Thank you!

Mara said...

I had you on Facebook too!

Susan C said...

I'm a follower of Counting Coconuts.
Susan C in NY

Mara said...

I'm a follower of your amazing blog!

jenorme said...

So glad to have linked to your blog. I am teaching preschool to my daughter and three of the kids that I babysit this Fall and I am very nervous about it! I can use all of the help I can get. Thanks!

jenorme said...

I also like you on Facebook.

jenorme said...

I am now following your blog in my google reader. Thanks!

hlmiller69 said...

Love, love, love the looks of this book!

hlmiller69 said...

I am already a fan on Facebook.

hlmiller69 said...

I am a follower of CC.

GoddessMychele said...

I love all of the ideas that you share. I've been so inspired to apply many of them in our house. Thank you for offering such an amazing giveaway!!!

salserita92 said...

i follow you!

GoddessMychele said...

I 'like' you on FB too!

GoddessMychele said...

I follow you via email.

melissa said...

What a generous giveaway! I would be thrilled to win :)

melissa said...

I already follow you through blogger/GFC :)

melissa said...

and I can't believe I didn't like you on facebook already. Fixed that :)

Samantha Lee said...

What an awesome giveaway! Thank you for all your hard work going into your awesome blog too!

Samantha
speschel @ gmail . com

Samantha Lee said...

I already like CC on FB.

Samantha
speschel @ gmail . com

Samantha Lee said...

I follow CC already and love it!

Samantha
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zebaby said...

This book sounds awesome! I homeschool and try to do as much Montessori as I can so having this book would make my life much easier. Crossing my fingers!

zebaby said...

Like you on Facebook!! Come on winning ticket!

zebaby said...

Already are a follower (and loving every minute of it! Thanks for so many wonderful ideas and for the motivation to teach Montessori at home :)

Jennifer said...

I would absolutely be thrilled to win this book! Love your blog, thank you for teaching me about Montessori!

Jennifer said...

I have liked Counting Coconuts on facebook for several months now. Thanks again for the chance to win!

The Bryant Family said...

I would love to win this book for my family!

Jennifer said...

i have been following your blog through google. I Love it! Thank you for all the wonderful ideas you share.

Leslie said...

What a fun giveaway! This would be wonderful to use with my little girl.

Leslie said...

LIked you on FB

Leslie said...

Following you.

Sound Schooling said...

I would love to win this as we love Montessori!

Sound Schooling said...

I am already following you.

Kerryn said...

I already follow you here (how else would my email inbox deliver me treats every few days?!)

Kerryn said...

I also follow you on FB:)

Kerryn said...

And... I would LOVE this book! I am just realizing how much I can DO with my little boy (2.5) - I'm an Early Childhood Music Teacher, so I know that now is the premium time for his brain, and have recently been replicating lots of what you (and Tot School) are doing. And loving it!

Lis said...

I just recently discovered your blog and am so inspired! I am going to homeschool my daughter for preschool this year, and this would be so helpful.

krasimira said...

what an awesome giveaway!

krasimira said...

and I already like you on Facebook :)

krasimira said...

and of course I follow you already :)

Whitney said...

Thank you for the opportunity!

Whitney said...

I like you on FB.

Tanya M said...

I would LOVE to win the books and the Practical Life set.
Thank you for the opportunity and Best of Luck to you!

Tanya M said...

I like Counting Coconuts on Facebook.

Tanya M said...

I follow your blog.
Thanks for sharing your ideas.

GretchenP said...

i'm a follower! thanks for the giveaway! :)

GretchenP said...

sounds like a great book! thanks for the giveaway! :)

CJ said...

I would love to win this. Thanks for the opportunity.

asheardy said...

want to win

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asheardy said...

like cc on fb @ alison sheardy czischke

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asheardy said...

follow cc via emaiil

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Shelley said...

I would love to win this book! I have heard so many good things and would love to be able to try it out.

Shelley said...

I just started following your blog...

pavi said...

I would absolutely love to win this book..I have been slowly integrating Montessori into our life and winning this book would be so great

pavi said...

I already like you in Facebook!

pavi said...

I now follow you on google

Cynho said...

I would love to incorporate some of these ideas with my son! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

Unknown said...

I have liked Counting Coconuts on Facebook for a long time now!

NW Homesteader said...

What a fantastic giveaway!!! We will be starting preschool and would love the resource :)
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Stephanie said...

Thank you for the great giveaway! I love how you showed us several different ideas you've gotten from the book and how you incorporated them into your plans.

NW Homesteader said...

I like counting coconuts on facebook :)
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NW Homesteader said...

Counting Coconuts follower :)
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Stephanie said...

I already like Counting Coconuts on facebook :)

Stephanie said...

I've been following Counting Coconuts for over a year. Love your blog!!

My Spot on Montessori said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Would be awesome to win! :)

Henry said...

Thanks for a great giveaway and all of your great ideas.

Henry said...

I "like" you on FB.

char said...

What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to add this to my growing educational supply library. I have never left a comment before, but I visit your blog regularly. Thanks for sharing your great ideas and finds!!!

char said...

I just liked Counting Coconuts on Facebook!

char said...

I think I found it! I clicked on the Google Friend Connect and it says I am now a follower. Thanks, Mari-Ann!

My son has just turned two, so I'm just getting started with the more formal learning activities, but I am so excited about it. These tools would definitely benefit my boy -- thanks again for holding the giveaway!

Liz said...

Here's my entry for today. Thanks, Mari-Ann!

Dawn and Jeremy said...

This looks like a great resource. Thanks you so much for your blog.

Therese said...

I just found your blog last week and I think it's a great resource for me!

mamma to 4 said...

I have been looking at this book. Does it have activities in it for children 5-6 years old?

jonimarie said...

I would love this book it looks amazing!!! Thanks for doing such an awesome giveaway :)

jonimarie said...

I also like Counting Coconuts on FB!!!

jonimarie said...

I follow your blog like a bible honestly i've just started trying to implement my own Montesorri materials although i still ahve some non montesorri activitied and toys in our home.... He has really blossomed since we started doing more montesorri activites!! I am a huge mellissa and Doug fan which i see you are as well :) Right now i am 27 weeks pregnant and still work 40 hours/week so i can't put as much time into it as i would like to but i am hoping to stay at home after this baby is born and thinking about opening a Montesorri based in home child care!!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the giveaway...I would love to win!

Rebecca said...

I like Counting Coconuts on Facebook

Rebecca said...

I subscribe to Counting Coconuts via email

Katie said...

I would love to win! Thanks!

Katie said...

I follow your blog! :)

Rebecca said...

I follow via Google.

Waileng said...

Greetings from MALAYSIA~! Yes, I'm from the other side of the planet.

Leanne said...

Hi again! Looks like a fabulous resource!

Sunbeams and Sanity said...

Oh wow! What a super dupa giveaway! Id love to enter it. You are so generous! Thank you!

I so love your blog and have followed it for an age! I have not done mine for a while (was making of a montessori mum, then Sunbeams and Sanity). I find with 2 kids I just dont have as much time and energy. to be honest I also find doing montessori activities so much harder. My girl (Little Bird) is 4 and my little boy just turned 1. Montessori activities at home have slipped a bit, but I always get reinspired when I visit your blog ... soon after there are always new things on the shelf. Im sure my little girl would thank you if she could.

Once again, thanks for your generosity in this giveaway and in your blog generally!

Jess
x

Sunbeams and Sanity said...

I follow your blog! Of course! (:

Nestler said...

What a great blog! I'm excited that I found it, especially during a give-away - lol!!

Terri said...

I've heard such great things about Montessori at Home!! Thank you!

Fireant said...

Thank you for this great giveaway! You are very generous!

Lori Summers said...

This would be great!! I am starting to preschool my daughter in the fall and this will definitely help to give me some ideas for projects and activities! Thank you!

Lori Summers said...

I am a fan on Facebook!!

candace said...

I am an in home child care provider just learning about Montessori so any help would be great.

Shelley said...

Th odds are against me but I am so hoping to win this!

Fingers-crossed!

Trish said...

Hope your having a wonderful day here is my monday entry :)

Debra said...

Thanks for such a great giveaway!

Mommy to the Princesses said...

I would love these!

Mommy to the Princesses said...

Already a fan on FB

Dinah said...

Thank you for having such wonderful giveaways! Keeping my fingers crossed. :)

Jessi/Bella's Mommy said...

another day!

p.dogs3 said...

Happy Monday :0)

BeckyO said...

I teach a special education classroom and many of the ideas you have shared about this book are skill my students need to work on for functional purposes later in life. This would be an incredible resource for my classroom.

Jody said...

Another great giveaway! You always pick the best stuff.

Caterina said...

I would love to win this! It looks great!
Thanks so much,
Caterina
scottmangano@aol.com

Caterina said...

Liked Counting Coconuts on Facebook.
Thanks,
Caterina
scottmangano@aol.com

Caterina said...

I am a follower. Look forward to your posts.
Thanks so much,
Caterina
scottmangano@aol.com

KP @ Mundo Classroom said...

You're awesome! I would love to win!

KP @ Mundo Classroom said...

I also follow you. Thanks! =)

Schroeder Family said...

I would love a copy! Thanks!

Schroeder Family said...

I like Counting Coconuts on FB too!

Orchard View Academy said...

I have been so tempted by this book! And the juicing set would be so awesome to add to our shelves. Thanks for the opportunity!

Mrs. Haid said...

I'd like to win!

Mrs. Haid said...

I follow on Google Reader!

Mrs. Haid said...

I am your facebook fan

Samantha Lee said...

Montessori at Home looks like an awesome resource to have. I love the penny extensions to math exercises. Thanks for this opportunity!

Samantha
speschel @ gmail . com

mamasem said...

I love your blog.
Greetings from Slovenia!

mamasem said...

I like you on facebook.

Ksenia said...

Still keeping my fingers crossed. :-)

Amanda said...

What a GREAT giveaway!!

Kristina said...

Love your blog and your great ideas. And I would love to win this giveaway!

Susan C said...

daily entry 7/25

JamieG said...

ooh, pick me pick me!

JamieG said...

i am a follower

Blythe said...

This book looks wonderful and would be a great resource for my family.

Unknown said...

I like CC on FB

twolittleseeds said...

Hi, we are back to enter again because I really could do with some more creative ideas for our shelves!! Thanks again
Daisy and boys xxx

twolittleseeds said...

Now following you on FB too!!! Can't get enough. Blessings! xx

Martianne said...

What a great post and giveaway. I would love, love, love to win a copy of the book!
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Martianne said...

I already 'like' CC on FB, but you rarely pop up on my page so I am glad rebecca let me know about your giveaway since I have not stopped in in a little while -- just too busy with my wee ones of late. Thx for the chance! mmstangerjunk (at) comcast (dot) net

Martianne said...

following :)

mmstangerjunk (at) comcast (dot) net

Haley said...

Entering my daily comment!

salserita92 said...

leaving my daily (and oh so hopeful) post! have a good one!

Sheri said...

I would love to win! Thank you!

Christina White said...

I would love a copy of this book! What a great resource.

Christina White said...

I just "liked" you on facebook. :)

Sheri said...

I "liked" you on facebook.goc

Beth said...

Thank you for the opportunity!

Beth said...

I liked you on Facebook...

jellybings said...

Oh how very happy we would be to win this! I lovely love your blog:)

Henry said...

A new day, another chance to win!

Christina said...

Would love to win this book!

Christina said...

I have alreay "liked" YOUR FACEbook page!!!

Sarah said...

I would love to win

Sarah said...

I like you on facebook

Sarah said...

I follow your blog

Jessica said...

I would love to win this! Thanks so much for this opportunity!

Jessica said...

Liked on FB.

Jessica said...

I follow with Google reader!

Rebekah said...

ooooo, what a great giveaway. Thank you!

Ashlea said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Mari-Ann! Here's my daily entry!

ValinDK said...

Hello,

I've discovered your blog only a few weeks ago and am amazed at your creativity. I've learned so much already and can't help but come back daily. ;) I've found your FB profile too and obviously gave it a "Like It" thumbs up! Like everybody else, winning this giveaway would make my day! Cheers and enjoy the remaining of your pregnancy! :)

snuffytut said...

We'd love to win this!

Danielle said...

This would be the perfect tool to help us with our home Montessori activities! Thanks for the opportunity :)

Danielle said...

I am already a fan of Counting Coconuts on facebook :)

Josh Kim & Jedrek said...

What a great resource! My son would love the juicing kit, too!

Leo C. Munk said...

Here is my mandatory entry!

Josh Kim & Jedrek said...

I follow on Facebook!

Josh Kim & Jedrek said...

I subscribe to your blog via Google Reader :-)

kristin said...

Here's my Monday comment! Still super excited about this giveaway. :)

Leo C. Munk said...

I liked your facebook page

Christine said...

Thanks again for the chance.

nana pam said...

Thank you for offering this giveaway. Hope I win!

Steph said...

What a great giveaway!

Monica Garcia said...

I would love to win this giveaway! I want the sandpaper numbers!

Monica Garcia said...

I already 'like' Counting Coconuts on facebook! More like 'LOVE'! :)

Monica Garcia said...

I follow Counting Coconuts!

Vanessa said...

Yet another awesome giveaway! I'm excited!!

Vanessa said...

I'm a follower of Counting Coconuts on Facebook, and have been for a while now. Love it!!

Vanessa said...

I've been following your blog since the first day I stumbled across it. One of my current favorites by far!

freedom said...

I Like Counting Coconuts on Facebook

freedom said...

I Follow Counting Coconuts

freedom said...

What a wonderful giveaway. You offer such wonderful resources.

DCTerpMom said...

I saw this book online recently and almost bought it myself! ...just waiting for the finances. :-) I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have it as a resource for my preschooler. Thank you so much for the effort and time you put into your blog. It has been inspiring to see your great ideas!

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