Montessori Madness! Giveaway

This Giveaway is now CLOSED.

The winner is: 7/14/2011 8:53 AM Suzanne wrote:
"I used to work in Change Acceleration and one of the big ..."
It's a given that we all love our children. From the moment we knew they existed, we fell head-over-heels in love with them. We said we'd pass down to them the goodness of our lives, shelter them from harm, and right the wrongs we endured as children. We all said that, right?

Now, do you love them enough to challenge your thinking about their current education?

Are you willing to step beyond yourself and consider that the standard method of rewards and punishments in traditional schools do very little to foster authentic motivation?

Are you ready to think outside the traditional mode of education?

We said we'd move mountains and walk the earth for the better of our children. But would we really? The good news is, you don't have to!

What you need to do is read Montessori Madness! by Trevor Eissler.

Trevor Eissler has offered a copy of Montessori Madness! to one lucky reader!
This Giveaway is open world-wide.

Eissler is a family man who stumbled across Montessori education. After observing Montessori in action, and watching his own children flourish in a Montessori environment, he knew it was something he just couldn't keep quiet about. So he wrote a book!

Montessori Madness! offers Montessori theory in understandable terms. The theory covered in the book includes: Sensitive Periods, Absorbent Mind, Prepared Environment, Rewards & Punishment, Competition, Concentration, Discipline, Responsibility, Freedom, and Control of Error. The theories are explained using examples from Montessori classrooms, and from everyday life. Eissler often relates his own experiences (from childhood and adulthood), and how Montessori would have altered those experiences in a more positive manner.

The real beauty of this book is that regardless of whether you decide to enroll your children in a Montessori school, homeschool them, or simply change your approach to parenting, this book is relevant. Since the Montessori classroom is simply an extension of the real world (with smaller furniture and materials), it's easy to understand how to apply the theories and examples in the book to your own family and/or homeschool.

This book belongs in every household. It would dramatically change the outlook and attitude of parents, and the result would be children who are joyful, engaged, self-motivated, and community minded. Doesn't that sound like the children we promised we'd raise?

If you work in a Montessori school it should be in your arsenal of books available for Parent Education (inquire about school/bulk pricing). After all, it starts with the parents!

A few days ago we posted a video that Eissler had created for Montessori Madness! Be sure to watch it and pass the link on to others:

Also in the works by Eissler ... Montessori-themed children's books available this Fall at

Enter today for your chance to win a copy of this book!

Rules of this Giveaway:
1. This giveaway is open world wide to anyone over the age of 18.
2. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited.
3. One winner will be chosen and must supply a full shipping address. No address = No book.
4. This giveaway starts today (Wednesday July 13th, 2011) and ends Wednesday July 20th, 2011 @ 12 Noon EDT.

How to enter this giveaway:
One Time Entries:
1. For a first entry - answer the following in your comment below: "Why is the best product in the world (Montessori Education) so poorly and timidly marketed? How can we change this?

2. For a second entry - follow @trevoreissler and @junebooks on Twitter

3. For a third entry - mention this giveaway on Facebook (include a link to this giveaway)

4. For a fourth entry - mention this giveaway on any Montessori, homeschooling, preschool, or parenting group/website (you must include the link to this giveaway). Please include the link to the group/website where you posted to, on your comment below.

5. For a fifth entry - post this giveaway on your blog (you must include a link to this giveaway post) - please leave a comment below to cover your entry for this.

To gain an additional entry every day until  July 20, 2011 - you may take advantage of the following entry method:
  • tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (you must include @trevoreissler and @MontessoriPrint, a link to this blog post, and the hashtags #Montessori #homeschool #parenting), or simply retweet one of our tweets about the Giveaway.
Example: Montessori Madness! Giveaway @trevoreissler @MontessoriPrint #Montessori #homeschool #parenting

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  • 7/15/2011 9:46 PM Jac wrote:
    I am following @trevoreissler and @junebooks on twitter.
  • 7/16/2011 7:14 AM Julie wrote:
    I think there are many misconceptions about Montessori. One reason I think many people dont turn to MOntessori even though they would love to is the price of the schools.
  • 7/16/2011 8:19 PM Gigi wrote:
    The main problem is that teachers are trained to teach the traditional way. Montessori is barely mentioned in College or not at all.
    We need buying from College Professors teaching teachers. We need buying from the Government. I am not sure how to get either one.
  • 7/18/2011 11:30 PM Evelina wrote:
    I (@evelinalv) just started to follow @trevoreissler and @junebooks on Twitter!
  • 7/18/2011 11:46 PM Evelina wrote:
    In some of the comments I see that this is common not only where I live but also in other countries. I am from Latvia, and in Latvia there is common opinion that Montessori Education ir for those who are sick - not normal. And I guess that is the reason why Montessori education is so poorly marketed. Though good thing is that Latvia is not a very big country and there are people who's hearts are burning for Montessori idea so I guess and hope that things will change and that soon we will have not only Montessori preeschools but also schools and I hope that I will be part of that! And I hope that because of this movement things and opinions regarding Montessori education will change.
    This weekend I had opportunity to get to now some Montessori teachers from Germany and I guess that in Germany the situation is better.
    I am a parent who is very interested in Montessori method, I'm trying to work with my children in Montessori way, at the moment I'm studying Montessori method and who knows maybe one day I will work in Montessori preeschool or even school.
  • 7/18/2011 11:52 PM Evelina wrote:
    I mentioned this giveaway on Facebook (I am Evelīna Sproģe on Facebook), too and included a link to this giveaway.
  • 7/19/2011 12:15 AM Evelina wrote:
    I posted about this giveaway on my blog, too. Here is the link:
  • 7/19/2011 5:46 AM Adina wrote:
    People have lots of misconceptions about all forms of alternative education in general, fearing that the kids would have issues addapting the mainstream schools in the future.
  • 7/19/2011 5:59 AM paula wrote:
    I think it is poorly understood, because of the old misconceptions with it's teaching. If people were to re-introduce the Montessori methods of teaching they would be quite surprised. I think we look for new and exciting methods of teaching were we should be going back in time and re-living the old. Montessori was ostracized for being quite different back in the day, and this misconception has carried through. I think if people took the time to understand its teaching methods they would gain a greater understanding of how brilliant its concepts are and not so alienated as it once was thought.
  • 7/19/2011 6:14 AM Abigail wrote:
    from my experience i think it is partly because most of the Montessori families i know are far to laid back and respectful to tell someone "the traditional public school system sucks and you should really be sending your kid to this super expensive Montessori school instead"

    also i think that for some people, the traditional public school model is all they have ever known, and they really don't see a need to look for something different, so in order to bring Montessori to their attention would require a huge budget and ad campaign, and many more visible and affordable Montessori schools in general.
  • 7/19/2011 8:14 AM J. Marie Weldon wrote:
    We need some sort of data to show the public establishment if you want a stronger presence within public schools. I think we also more Montessori schools that are private--we would pay, but the closest one to us isn't close enough.
  • 7/19/2011 8:16 AM J. Marie Weldon wrote:
    I followed Trevor and June Books on Twitter.
  • 7/19/2011 12:05 PM Sara T wrote:
    tweeted about the giveaway. MrsSaraT.!/MrsSaraT/status/93365583336312832. 7/19
  • 7/19/2011 12:15 PM Fiona Kelly wrote:
    I think it is misunderstood as elitist eductaion, whihc is so ironic given that Maria Montessori develope the philosophy while working with disabled and underprivileged kids. I think a lot of countries shy away from anything that might be perceived as elitist (the whole dumbing down of life) and so Montessori has to deal with a challenging label. I think the best way to overcome this is for more and mor epublic schools to adopt the method. That way it is accessible to a diverse population and its benefits will be widely seen.
  • 7/19/2011 2:10 PM Jac wrote:
  • 7/19/2011 2:37 PM Jac wrote:
    I blogged about this giveaway!

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