The Montessori Toddler Review & Giveaway

Bonjour lecteurs! As I decided to read more in 2019, I was super happy to receive The Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies. The teacher based in Amsterdam has been following and teaching the Montessori philosophy for 15 years and decided to write a book about it all to help parents in their quest for happiness with their toddlers. Being a parent is far from easy and each stage is a  new challenge in its own way. As this book was parfait, for the time being, I was curious to give it a go and write my thoughts about it. I will not tell you all, as I don’t want to spoil the fun for you if you fancy reading it! But if you are curious to know more about it, feel free to enter the giveaway at the end to win a copy of the book!

The Montessori Method – What is it?

The Montessori Method is quite simple. While a traditional education would like for the teacher to be in charge with a top-down approach (the teacher standing at the front, deciding what children do to learn), this one is very much focused on our little ones leading the way. In other words, the child is in charge of their own learning, while both the teacher and the environment are supporting them.

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The guide is easy to read and full of practical activities for you to use at home

This technique is getting very much popular amongst traditional school. Even when I was working as a French teacher in a state school in the South-East of London, many of my activities were planned following the same pattern.

The aim is to make children responsible for their learning. You can then support them more than dictating things and let them be passive. Having seen this approach successful in my ex-job, I was very eager to have a read.

The Montessori Principles

The Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies has a very pleasant structure. After explaining why she decided to write such a book and describing her background, she is fast to introduce her readers to the Montessori School and its principles. En résumé, here is what you can read about this method:

  • A prepared environment for children to have access to it without difficulté
  • Drive their curiosity to learn
  • Children to become active learners

The method is very keen on the idée than less is more and you will be able to see how to set up a room or some space in your home to stimulate children to make discoveries and think for themselves.

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The author, Simone Davies, have been using the Montessori Method over a decade as a teacher

The author also mentions the importance of routines for toddlers and how little changes from the Montessori method can make such a difference.

What the Book Covers

What I particularly like about the book is the way it is organised. You can very well read it from start to finish or freely go to any section you are more interested thanks to the index. Simone Davies covers it all: dressing up, potty training, sleeping, tantrums

With simple ideas and beautiful illustrations, the book helps you to establish a new environment in your home and see your toddler another way. The author also shows you how you can cultivate cooperation and give your child responsibility for a calmer and more nurturing relationship. The method is not laxist at all! Au contraire! It had a clear and firm approach.

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With illustrations and pictures to show you how easily you can do the same at home

Exit the feeling of sometimes always fighting with those little creatures 🙂 In this book, packed with many activities (simple to put in place), you will discover how to create a calm environment for your toddler to play and encourage them to become independent souls without you being their servant.

The Montessori Toddler Review – My Views

With its minimal design and very practical tips for each situation, ‘The Montessori Toddler’ really made me think about my own way of educating Baba. More importantly, I realised how much letting him do things at his own pace was important. After reading this book, I found myself more patient with him.

I have already changed some little things in our routine that made my life easier!

With its clear sections, you can come back to it whenever you need. I really like the summary page at the end of some chapters. It is so good to have a list for future references in a blink of an eye.

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The book also contains some ‘real stories’ from families using the principles seen in the guide

Furthermore, the book is also full of checklists for you to go along and feel like you have achieved something.

And let’s not forget the beautiful illustrations by Hiyoko Imai and the photos to show you en images how you can do it yourself in your own home!

The Montessori Toddler Review – Le Verdict

The Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies is a very interesting guide for parents to help them raise curious and responsible humans. Without making you feel guilty (family and friends around you already do that well enough with their own tips, right?), she shares with you some simple things you can easily implement in your daily life.

Reading this book gave me a lot of practical ways to encourage Baba to be an independent toddler. And I am now more at peace with myself.

Simone Davies gives us the key to being a calm and clear guide for our child. You can then develop their natural curiosity.

If you feel like you could do with some ideas with your little ones or you want to try something new, have a read! You will not regret. En plus, it may change your view on how to educate your children!

The Montessori Toddler is now available on Amazon.

The Montessori Toddler Review – Giveaway

Fancy reading this new parents’ guide? Curious to know more about the Montessori Method? Win a copy of the Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies worth £14.99.

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to write a review.


  1. Solange
    April 1, 2019 / 10:35 pm

    Sounds like a great read.

  2. Julia Kerr
    April 1, 2019 / 10:48 pm

    This looks really interesting

  3. Geri Gregg
    April 2, 2019 / 8:51 am

    It’s always nice to read new and different parenting methods. As a mum im always on the lookout for how things can be changed to suit us better

  4. Rosemary Tily
    April 2, 2019 / 10:18 am

    We are always open to ideas for better parenting and would love to read this book for inspiration!

  5. Margaret GALLAGHER
    April 2, 2019 / 12:55 pm

    A delightfully well written book – would love a copy too

  6. Michelle Smith
    April 2, 2019 / 6:52 pm

    My daughter would love this book.

    April 3, 2019 / 8:57 am

    That book looks like a ‘must read’ to help with toddlers

  8. Mrs Kay Young
    April 3, 2019 / 10:55 am

    This looks interesting, worth exploring for sure!

  9. janine atkin
    April 3, 2019 / 5:44 pm

    id love this for my sister in law

  10. Katie Skeoch
    April 4, 2019 / 8:24 pm

    Looks good, as a mum of 3 I’m always looking for new ideas to entertain & engage

  11. Ruth Harwood
    April 5, 2019 / 8:30 am

    Always looking for new ideas, this looks fab!!

  12. Carrie-Anne Brown
    April 5, 2019 / 8:04 pm

    This looks like an interesting read and would be perfect for me and my 2 and half year old toddler!

  13. Donna W
    April 9, 2019 / 1:20 pm

    As a family who will be home schooling our children, this book looks like a great read. From your review it appears to echo a lot of our views on how we’d like our children to learn.

  14. Emily Fowler
    April 15, 2019 / 8:17 pm

    My son’s not a toddler yet, but I love the Montessori ethos so this sounds great!

  15. Naomi Blackmore
    April 24, 2019 / 10:15 am

    I’ve really fancied getting my hands on this book, it looks so informative but I also love the joy of beautiful books, which this one definitely is!

  16. Tammy Tudor
    April 27, 2019 / 10:51 pm

    I love the concept that a child is in charge of its own learning, love the look and sound of the whole book!

  17. Rebecca Whatmore
    April 30, 2019 / 3:02 pm

    Sounds interesting – would like to read it!

  18. Laura Pritchard
    May 1, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    This looks like it gives some great, practical tips!

  19. laura stewart
    May 1, 2019 / 8:54 pm

    lovely giveaway xx

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