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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Debra said...

One last chance! I will keep my fingers crossed for this great giveaway!

Dinah said...

I would love love love to win this book! Resources for inspiration that won't break the bank are so welcomed. And this book sounds super inspirational. :) Keeping my fingers crossed.

Samantha Lee said...

My son thought the idea of making a wood "sandwich" was hilarious and I can't wait to try it with him. He already loves tools, so I know this will be another great activity. Montessori at Home really is a wonderful resource. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

Samantha Lee
speschel @ gmail . com

Amanda said...

Leaving my Friday comment...I thorougly enjoy your blog and creativity!!

krasimira said...

And let the winner take it all, till your next great giveaway, Mari-Ann :)
Thanks for the chance, once again

Mel said...

Checking in for the day. What a great giveaway!!

Cindy said...

Would love to win!!! Thanks for the chance!

salserita92 said...

pick me, pick me!!!!

Michelle Irinyi said...

I love the golf tee and marble activity in the book!

Michelle Irinyi said...

I liked you on Facebook!

Michelle Irinyi said...

I am now a follower, too :)

DCTerpMom said...

Stopping by again today. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity...and have a great weekend!

The Domestic Yogi said...

Liked on FB too! love!

michal said...

Wow...what a fantastic giveaway! I would absolutely love to win this book!

elizabethstruk said...

I am so glad I found you! I love your blog!! You make me feel like I can really do this!

michal said...

I also Like Counting Coconuts on Facebook!

elizabethstruk said...

I liked you on Facebook.

ValinDK said...

Last day before we know who won the giveaway. How exciting is that? Here's to hope and to a happy Friday. Thank you for providing us with this giveaway opportunity Mari-Ann.

Susan C said...

daily entry 7/29

Christy said...

I would love to win this book. And the juicing set looks so amazing!

Christy said...

I have followed your blog for a few months now. I love your ideas!

Christy said...

I like CC on Facebook. You link to great ideas!

Henry said...

Thank you for a chance to win. Very generous offer. saradfarris at hotmail dolt com

Leptir (NataĊĦa) said...

And the winner is.....
(please pick me)

:-)


leptir.mojpribor@gmail.com

Teri said...

I would love to win this for my kids, esp. my child on the autistic spectrum. This looks like it would do wonders for her. Thanks for the chance.

oumhilal said...

thanks for this giveaway

oumhilal said...

I follow the blog

oumhilal said...

I like you on facebook

Vanessa said...

I would love this!

Vanessa said...

I like counting coconuts!

Dayrie said...

I love all of your great ideas! Thanks!

Dayrie said...

I am a fan on facebook and follow you there.

Dayrie said...

I love following your posts and ideas!

Lork-mamman said...

I would just like to say that I love your blog (but will not enter the competition since I live in Sweden). I use some of your ideas as is or change them a little to suit us. Haven't come across Montessori earlier even though I've heard of it. I have an autistic son and just want you to know that your blog inspire us when we're out of ideas of fun and interesting ways of doing training. Please keep on posting! :)

/Lena, Sweden

Mara said...

Another day! another opportunity! Thank you!

Kristy said...

Thank you for your homeschooling inspiration. My children will defintely benefit from your resources.

PeachyGirl said...

I'd love to win this book. My daughter is 19 months old, and we are just getting going!

Anonymous said...

Last chance! Thank you for this great giveaway, even if I don't win!

PeachyGirl said...

I already like you on facebook. :)

PeachyGirl said...

I follow (and LOVE) your blog!

Yayaz's Mom said...

Here's hoping to expand my Montessori at home resources! Thanks for the chance to win.

Karra said...

Last chance!!!

Monica Garcia said...

Your blog has always been an inspiration to me. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

Sara said...

It would be great to have more information on using the Montessori method at home. Fantastic resource! saragayer [at] msn (dot) com

Laura said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful blog that you write. I have been following you now for awhile and am thrilled with all the ideas and information you have given.

Laura said...

I follow you on FaceBook as well :)....I'll keep my fingers crossed. I'd love to win this...Thanks for all you do

Olives and Pickles said...

This is my fourth comment : )
Thank you!

Jennifer Anzalone said...

Like you on FB and love stopping by often for new and exciting ideas for my classroom! Also added you to my classroom blog for my parents to follow...james is a lucky boy!

Jane Jasmine said...

love love love! hope i win!!
:) jane.jasmine@gmail.com

Jane Jasmine said...

i also subscribed to your site- yay! thanks! :)

Shelley said...

I'm hoping to win this. I know my boys (especially my 4 year old) will enjoy this!

Fingers-crossed!

Simmons Family said...

One last chance!

StraussHouse said...

Here's hoping I win!

StraussHouse said...

Following you on FB!

StraussHouse said...

Following you on blogger!

Cindy said...

I'm a follower of CC.

Cindy said...

I love your site. I am a Montessori trained teacher and would love this resource.

Cindy said...

I follow you on facebook!!

Jenn said...

Love, love, love your blog. THis is my last ditch effort at winning!!!

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