Hey there!

It was so lovely to meet you at the Montessori School of Oakton parent event. This page has LOTS of resources to continue learning about creative, joyful and how you can help you make it happen. 

Here's three easy first steps you can take.  Print a resource (or all three), review the resources for finding quality toys, and read an article or two for more information.  Then, get started!  I’ve listed a few ideas for you at the very bottom of the page.

I'd love to hear how things go with you, let me know how I might help! Contact me here. 



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These are my favorite places to find quality, simple, beautiful toys for children

The Montessori Company Marketplace Michelle has collected the most beautiful, quality toys and materials for Montessori at Home.  The birth to three category has the most materials.

For Small Hands  This is a sister company for Montessori Services, and is hands-down the easiest place to find quality tools and toys for young children.

Toy & Book Companies

A Mighty Girl  The world's largest collection of books and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls

DK Eyewitness Books Excellent non-fiction research materials for elementary age

Audubon pocket guides Simple field guides for early readers

Indestructibles Washable, chew-proof books for babies with beautiful images

Bella Luna Toys  Waldorf Toys and Dolls

Stockmar: Quality art supplies

Hape   Haba   Grimm's  Plan Toys Wood toys of high quality

Melissa and Doug Quality wood toys that easy to find

Eeboo Board and box games

Green Toys Toys made from recycled and organic material

K’NEX building sets and materials

Carson Nature and science discovery tools and toys

Etsy Shops

Pink House Toys Montessori crocheted and wood toys

Bella’s casa Montessori mobiles and infant toys

Mama May I?  Simple wood toys.

Open Ended Creations Waldorf rocker boards

Essential Montessori Wooden Montessori infant toys

Holly Jane Originals Handmade fabric baby toys and gifts

Naturababy Weaning tables for infants

Kubiya Games Handmade 3-D wood puzzles

Ecoleeko Organic fabric ball toys for baby

HeirLoom Kids USA  Montessori wooden infant toys

Margaritkadolls Handmade Waldorf dolls

Books for you

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids  by Kim John Payne

Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun.  by Bobbi Conner

The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day by Meg Cox

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown,‎ Christopher Vaughan

Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children by Angela J. Hanscom


Read an article for more details

Get  Started!


Choose ONE thing to work on at a time-- a few screen-free activities, a daily walk together, or a toy rotation plan.  Start small and simple! 

Find some inspiring books to read together form the library! Remember, your child may act these out.

Ask your classroom guides for insight and advice on what your child is interested in now, and how you might follow along with that in a helpful way at home.  

Reach out if you want some help and direction!

  Contact me here.