In an effort to utilize my librarian background, I am embarking on a series of book reviews, to be published every Friday. These reviews will cover computer programming books aimed at children, as well as reality-based children’s books.
For the past six years, I have been keeping an annotated list of reality-based children’s books in a file on my computer. As I come across a new one that meets my criteria (good story, based in reality, enjoyed by kids and adults), I add it to my list. This is the list I wish I had when I was starting out as a Montessori teacher. At that time, I was too overwhelmed by parenthood (my two-year-old was quite active) and learning a new teaching style and philosophy. I just didn’t have a lot of time to spend seeking out books to reinforce the lessons I was teaching in the classroom. I hope these posts find an audience with those who have the same need that I did.
I will be continuing my book review series. The next set of reviews will discuss books that cover topics usually associated with the “Sensorial” section of the Montessori classroom. In the meantime, I have gathered all of the past “Practical Life” posts.
Practical Life Reality-Based Children’s Books (categories):
1. “I can do it myself!”
2. Care of Self, Care of Stuff
3. Handwork and Fiber Arts
4. Character Development
5. Using Real Tools
6. Building Self-Confidence
7. Thinking of Others
8. New School & New Routines