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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pavi said...

I admire your blog and all the effort you put into it.Thank you for such a great giveaway.

Annette said...

Thanks again for the great giveaway!

DCTerpMom said...

I follow Counting Coconuts in my Google Reader. Love it!

annieb said...

I follow you on FB

annieb said...

Wonderful giveaway!

Karra said...

Back again with fingers crossed!

Thanks again!

Kristy said...

I am so glad you are happy to share. Thank you for so many ideas too.

Jessie said...

Thanks for the give-away. I hope I win!

Jessie said...

I "liked" CC on Facebook!

Olives and Pickles said...

Thank you Mari-Ann for the chance!
Patty

Olives and Pickles said...

I am a follower since forever!

Jessie said...

I follow CC on Google Reader.

Tanya M said...

I really hope to win!

Kerryn said...

Today my little boy enjoyed finding the play dough set in his new set of shelves that are specifically for his "learning" time - inspired by you:)

Fireant said...

Thanks for this wonderful giveaway! Your blog is so fun to read!

crazytown mama said...

AWESOME giveaway!! :)

crazytown mama said...

I follow you on google reader!:)

Martianne said...

I know my chances of winning are slim, but I would still love to. Thus, I am coming back to comment again today. Thx for the opp.

Leanne said...

Love your ideas and am looking forward to implementing some of them in the coming school year. Thanks!

Megan Elise said...

I'm excited for you and your growing family but sad that we'll be missing your posts megan_elise_(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

Yayaz's Mom said...

Leaving my extra daily comment!

Mara said...

I just love your blog!!! I really want this CD!

Zelda said...

ooh yes pleas - would love this book
Zelda- Homeschool Escapade

Zelda said...

existing follower

kbuck said...

I really would love this a a resource!

krasimira said...

Thanks for the chance to win, Mari-Ann.

Dinah said...

This book sounds super! Keeping my fingers crossed. :)

hangerlady28150 said...

I follow Counting Coconuts on FB.

hangerlady28150@yahoo.com

Debra

Pickled Pandas said...

This book would be such a great resource for me. I've just discovered Montessori and decided it would be perfect for my children.

Pickled Pandas said...

I follow you on Facebook, amber n CJ bowman

Stephanie said...

My girls would LOVE LOVE LOVE the juicer, and I would LOVE the book :)

mommyto4duckies said...

thanks for hosting such a fabulous give-away, I'd love to use this resource!
~Jasmine

mommyto4duckies said...

Following CC on Facebook

Stephanie said...

Just stopping by for the daily comment. I'm in love with the juicing tray :)

anushka said...

am i too late? i want it.. i need it.. i love it! thank you for this opportunity!

anushka said...

p.s. i already "liked" you on fb a long time ago and it won't let me do it again....

Cindy said...

How exciting!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Cindy said...

I "love" you on FB!

Cindy said...

I love following Counting Coconut!! Thank you for this opportunity!

Selmada said...

So you know now that I've been hanging out on Montessori N Such and drooling. I'm one of those international users so would miss out on the extras but doesnt mean I cant get my own!
I'd love to win this book

Heather Brandt said...

I'd love to win these items to use in homeschooling my 4 year old this year!

HEATHERLBRANDT (AT) FRONTIER (DOT) COM

Heather Brandt said...

I'm your fan on facebook. HEATHER BAIN BRANDT

HEATHERLBRANDT (AT) FRONTIER.COM

Unknown said...

This is a great giveaway. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Unknown said...

I "liked" Counting Coconuts. Thank you for suggesting a new source of information.

Jody said...

It would be so nice to win this book. I would love to see all the fun things I could do with my son.

My Spot on Montessori said...

I have liked Counting Coconuts on FB

ummy said...

Hi Mari-Ann, thanks for the giveaway.

Please enter me, I will supply my email if needed.

Thanks

N Guri

ValinDK said...

Giveaways are such great ideas. Not sure how you afford to do that so often but one thing is sure, freebies are always appreciated and and nothing is easier than entering daily since I follow your blog and check back daily for more ressources. What an addiction you created! :)

Amanda said...

LOVE this giveaway!!

Therese said...

The space unit that was posted today looks like it's going to be very helpful also!

Christine said...

Thanks again, you are great.

DCTerpMom said...

It's Tuesday, and I'm still crossing my fingers to win this great book...and we'd love the sandpaper numbers!

Ksenia said...

3 more days of waiting. So excited!

Athinoulaki said...

Ι "like" you on facebook.I also had left a comand for winning the e-book but it doesn't appear...

Athinoulaki said...

eventually i found my post! :) the different time zone (i'm from Greece) had effected the date. :)

PsychMamma said...

What a fabulous giveaway! Thanks for the chance to enter!

PsychMamma said...

I follow you via email subscription!

Olives and Pickles said...

This is my second day commenting! : )
Thank you Mari Ann

Lori said...

Great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity.

Lori said...

I already like you on FB.

Samantha Lee said...

Another entry, thank you so much for this opportunity! I love the Montessori At Home idea of tracing to build fine motor skills!

Thanks!
Samantha
speschel @ gmail . com

John and Kel said...

I love this site. So many great ideas!
dis

John and Kel said...

I liked your page on Facebook. :-)

John and Kel said...

I just signed up to follow Counting Coconuts. :)

Aimée said...

thanks again for the opportunity to win this brill prize!

ShellyRenae640 said...

I'm back. I'm now following your blog and checking in to see your newest post. Would love to win your giveaway! :)

Karra said...

Here's hoping...

medina family said...

What a great giveaway!! Thanks for the chance to win. I've just started trying some montessori activities with my two year old and he loves them...he's very good at pouring water and lentils. This book would be a great help!

Susan

Waileng said...

Greetings from Malaysia again! I've liked you on Facebook and followed you via Google Friend Connect!

Kimberly said...

I drool over your blog!

Kimberly said...

I just liked your facebook page!

Beth said...

HI there, thanks for the opportunity to win these great prizes!!

Beth said...

I like you on Facebook!

Beth said...

I follow your blog!

Ashlea said...

Here's my daily entry! This looks so cool!

Vanessa said...

Day 2--I just got done reading about the mini space unit. I've said it before, but it deserves a repeat--I want to be your kid. :-)

Popping in for a chance to win!

Amy said...

I would love to win. I liked Counting Coconuts on facebook!

shesaserging said...

Oh, I would love this prize and I know my boys would too! Um, I also see that I totally just reinvented the wheel coming up with a pirate party for my 4 year old... d'oh!

shesaserging said...

I follow your blog in google reader. :)

shesaserging said...

Just liked you on FB too! :)

Nicole B said...

A small group of families and I are putting together a homeschool Montessori preschool for our kids for this year and next. This would be a GREAT asset to our program! What a neat book!

Nicole B said...

I already Like you on Fb for a while now!

Annette said...

Hoping to win. Thanks so much!

Tanya M said...

Great giveaway!!! Hope to win!

Jennifer said...

Thank you again for another chance to win this wonderful giveaway.

My Spot on Montessori said...

I have followed your blog via GFC as MySpot.

My Spot on Montessori said...

I am coming back today to comment on how generous of you to host this giveaway! This book will provide immense knowledge in providing lessons to my kiddo!

nana pam said...

I would really love to win this book! Such an amazing resource.....

Liz said...

Hello! Here's my attempt to win this giveaway for today. Thanks!

Alison said...

Just popping in for another entry!

Martianne said...

Coming back for another chance to win. Thx!

mmstangerjunk(at) comcast (dot) net

Fireant said...

I love your blog! You have so many great ideas. Thanks!

Sunbeams and Sanity said...

Hey there! Popping on again! Great giveaway!

Oh and love the space unit! We have just started learning about this stuff so your always great ideas will be very handy! thanks so much!

Jess from Sunbeams and Sanity!

Mara said...

Another day!!! hope I can win your giveaway!!!

mamma to 4 said...

Oops I left you a post together on liking and following so here is my following you post.!
Dantte

mamma to 4 said...

And here is my comment for today: I love the space mini unit so cool!
Danette
My actual email is decjec@yahoo.com The google one is my daughters!

Danielle said...

Daily entry...thanks again!!!

p.dogs3 said...

Happy Wednesday

Sara said...

Fantastic resource! I've heard of this book before. saragayer [at] msn (dot) com

Sara said...

FOLLOW YOU ON FB. Sara T. saragayer [at] msn (dot) com

Sara said...

Follow on GFC. saragayer [at] msn (dot) com

Dinah said...

This is a great giveaway (as usual). Thank you for sharing your resources with us.

Therese said...

I also follow on Google Reader

Leigh said...

I would love to win the Printshop. Thank you for hosting this give away!

Leigh said...

I like you and on facebook too :)

Leigh said...

I follow you!

Steph B said...

Thanks so much for all you do! I have wanted to get my hands on this book for awhile, but it hasn't been in the budget ;0. sbitter at live dot com

Steph B said...

I follow your blog! Thanks for all you do! sbitter at live dot com

Debra said...

I would love to win this book! It would be put to work this coming school year! Thanks for a fantastic giveaway!

Henry said...

Thanks for another chance to win!

Amanda said...

Today is Wednesday and I'm still lovin' this giveaway!!

Mona said...

Thank you for sharing so many wonderful ideas.

Cindy said...

I'm so looking forward to homeschooling this year!!! This book would be so helpful! Thank you for the chance to enjoy it!

ValinDK said...

"Me, me, me", "pick me". :) I certainly hope to win but whether I do or not, I still win by not having to come up with as many activity ideas thanks to your blog. :)

Shelley said...

I'm so hoping to win this. I could really use it wi my boys (4 and 18 months)!

Fingers crossed!

Olives and Pickles said...

This is my third day comment!
Thank you Mari-Ann

salserita92 said...

We would love to receive this! The only Montessori school in our area is 1 hr (stuck in back to back traffic) away. I work 40hrs outside the home and try very hard to incorporate montessori activities into my 2.8 year old son's life. this materials would definetely make it easier!

Leanne said...

Love your ideas and blog!

arodri9 said...

I was recently introduced to your blog through a friend. I am a new mother, and I am always interested in new and exciting activities to play with my son. I love your blog. So many cute ideas, I would be thrilled to receive this wonderful give away!

arodri9 said...

I already like your Facebook page :)

DCTerpMom said...

We made play-dough this morning with your recipe and had so much fun with it. Thank you for all of your ideas and tips!! And thanks for the offer of the e-book; it would be such a help in homeschooling my preschooler!

arodri9 said...

I am following your blog, and I would love to win this giveaway! What a great educational tool!

Beth said...

I would love to have this to help me work with my 3-year-old.

ShellyRenae640 said...

I'm back thanks for your awesome blog!:)

krasimira said...

one more entry, and keeping fingers crossed :)

Julie said...

I'd love to be entered to win this!

Julie said...

I'm a facebook follower!

Julie said...

I follow via email.

Samantha Lee said...

We're gonna do the capillary action celery activity today after a trip to get some celery. I love that these ideas are so easily accessible without buying new materials. The extensions to this activity alone are wonderful, I can't wait to see what's in the rest of Montessori-at-Home's CD!

Thank you so much!
Samantha Lee
speschel @ gmail . com

Waileng said...

Greetings from Malaysia (again). Here I am trying my luck yet again.
Thank you

Rosie said...

I stumbled upon your blog and I am impressed with all you do. Your little one is so lucky.

Beth said...

Me again, keeping my fingers crossed for another chance to win :)

amararama said...

I love your blog, your generosity and your giveaway. I´m in for this one!

amararama said...

I´m suscribed to counting coconuts! Lol!

amararama said...

AND... I like CC on FB! Thanks again!

Melissa said...

You have inspired me to do more. Thanks!

Monica Garcia said...

oh how I long to win this giveaway!

Vanessa said...

Another day, another chance. :-). Thank you for making someone who refuses to play the lottery hope against hope. LOL.

"See" you tomorrow!

Annie said...

What a great resource! :) I would love to have a copy of this book!

Annie said...

I like counting coconuts on Facebook ;)

char said...

Another entry for me, please! I would love to win these great tools!

Simmons Family said...

Oh my goodness! I almost forgot to comment! I was talking on the phone when I saw you give away. I would love to win this book. I'm glad I checked back here today. I would have missed out :)

Simmons Family said...

I "liked" you on FB too

Tanya M said...

I really hope to win this Giveaway. Thank you for the chance.

Mel said...

I love your blog and all the great ideas you post.

Mel said...

I follow you on Facebook.

Mel said...

I "liked" you on FB.

Fireant said...

Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!!

Natural Mama said...

I am in!

Amanda said...

Posting Thursday's comment...I wanna, I wanna, I wanna win this! HaHa!

ShellyRenae640 said...

I'm back again. I am so grateful for all your great ideas!

Jessi/Bella's Mommy said...

another day closer to the giveaway!

Kendra said...

What a great giveaway! Your blog has been a great inspiration to me. :)

Kendra said...

I've had CC liked on FB since I came across your blog.

Therese said...

Still hoping for these great resources!

Kendra said...

You blog is also in my Google Reader.

Josh Kim & Jedrek said...

Still hoping to be the winner of this great giveaway!

Monica Garcia said...

Keeping my fingers crossed! I love all things Montessori!

Aneliz-Peregrina said...

thanks for having this blog, I really enjoy it.

Aneliz-Peregrina said...

I am so thankful for this blog and all the insight you share. thanks

Aneliz-Peregrina said...

I am following you on facebook for a while now

Aneliz-Peregrina said...

I'm following your blog now! Thanks, Aneliz

Ksenia said...

Just two more days. I so hope to win!

My spot! said...

Thank you for sharing all your ideas! They are fabulous.

Leigh Anne said...

I've seen this book reviewed on another site and I soooo wanna win! Thanks!

Leigh Anne said...

I follow with GFC :)

Megan Elise said...

I find more and more everyday in your blog! So excited to start applying it.

Dinah said...

Thank you for sharing this book with us. I have a couple of other books you recommended. Would LOVE to win this one though. Can't wait to see who will win!

Sara said...

I love that it comes with a CD and a book! It sounds wonderful. saragayer [at] msn (dot) com

Yayaz's Mom said...

Here's my daily entry!

Leptir (Nataša) said...

I would like to win :-)

ValinDK said...

Will definitely miss reading your blog when you sign off after your newest baby's birth. In the meantime, fingers crossed to win the giveaway! :)

Debra said...

Is it Friday yet! I can't wait to see if I win this great giveaway!

Sarah said...

Wow, great giveaway!

Sarah said...

Google reader follower!

Sarah said...

Follow you on FB as well!

kate said...

thanks for hosting this giveaway! this would be awesome!

kate
pknowak99@gmail(dot)com

kate said...

i liked cc on facebook!

kate n.
pknowak99@gmail(dot)com

Steph B said...

Coming back today! Love the new tray idea! sbitter at live dot com

kate said...

again, thanks so much for offering this giveaway!
i just email subscribed to cc.

kate n.
pknowak99@gmail(dot)com

Aimée said...

hey Mari-Ann thanks again

Shelley said...

I am really hoping to won this. The juicing set would also be a practical life activity I know my son would love!

Fingers crossed!

Karra said...

Back again and thanks again!!

Waileng said...

Greetings from Malaysia! This is my last chance to win. Mari-Ann, thank you so much for having this giveaway.

krasimira said...

Still hoping :)

nana pam said...

Hoping that I get the giveaway!!!!!

Henry said...

Thanks for another chance to win.

Tanya M said...

I really wish to win!!!

Nicole said...

Awesome. Enough said. ;)

Alison said...

One more attempt :)

Martianne said...

Thx for this chance to win. mmstangerjunk (at) comcast (dot) net

Vanessa said...

I'm baaaa-aaaaack! *crosses fingers and toes*

Christine said...

Thanks again!

Danielle said...

Daily entry! So sad I forgot yesterday :)
Thanks!

Jessica Kathren said...

This looks like a much needed book in our house!

Jessica Kathren said...

I Like Counting Coconuts on Facebook!

Jessica Kathren said...

I'm following the blog too!

Mommy to the Princesses said...

I am already like you on facebook. ID: Unique Aqua!

Mommy to the Princesses said...

I already follow you blog!

My Spot on Montessori said...

Coming back for another comment! His book would be helpful.

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