Author's introductionp. 6
Why Montessori?
The highs and lows of parentingp. 10
What is Montessori?p. 12
Sensitive periods for learningp. 14
How a child's brain developsp. 18
The magic of Montessori schoolsp. 20
Right from the beginningp. 24
Your growing babyp. 32
Making your home child-friendlyp. 34
Planning the perfect first bedroomp. 36
Adapting your home to a growing childp. 40
Watch and follow your childp. 48
Discovery through the senses
Building sensory awarenessp. 52
How babies experience their worldp. 54
Basket of treasuresp. 58
Sensory activities that help children learnp. 62
Let me do it
Help me to do it myselfp. 78
Children love to work and playp. 80
Getting a handle on bathroom skillsp. 88
The art of getting dressedp. 94
Helping out around the housep. 100
Keeping the peace
Create a loving climatep. 110
Finding a common parenting stylep. 114
Coping with family changep. 116
Sidestepping tantrumsp. 118
A positive approach to disciplinep. 124
Understanding your child's personalityp. 128
Teaching lessons in grace and courtesyp. 132
Solving problems at the peace tablep. 136
Taking control of the televisionp. 140
Managing screen timep. 142
Exploring the wider world
Children are little scientistsp. 146
Working in the family gardenp. 150
Taking a walk in the forestp. 154
Make your own nature museump. 158
Playing nature-based party gamesp. 160
Making cultures come alivep. 164
A Montessori birthday partyp. 168
The best time to learn
The foundations for learningp. 174
The writing road to readingp. 182
First steps to mathematicsp. 188
Exploring science in your homep. 192
Developing executive functionsp. 196
Is Montessori right for your child?p. 198
Find an activityp. 202
Indexp. 204
Imprintp. 207
Websites and acknowledgmentsp. 208