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My Montessori [Planner] Organizer for three- to six-year-olds is designed for moms who are beginning their journey into incorporating Montessori in their home environment! It is over 90 pages long, printer-friendly, black and white text, easy to use, go at your own pace, and created by me, Lisa Nolan, a trained Montessori teacher, and mom! It includes a list of must-haves for two- and three-year-olds, and a “how-to” on giving a Three-Period Lesson. It is ideal for preschool-age children, but can also work for toddlers age 24 months and up (they grow fast)!

The Montessori [Planner] Organizer will organize by 1) Montessori subjects, 2) months of the year, 3) seasons, and 4) themes. You will be able to list 1)…


My Introduction to Montessori Art, Music, and Poetry Plus Planner ebook/PDF is designed for parents who want to incorporate Montessori art, music, and poetry into their home environment with children ages three to six. This 112-page ebook/PDF also includes an organizer and a three-month planner, as well as:

  • simple lesson activities
  • text-only for easy printing
  • resources (like what and where to buy)
  • suggested books to read

Here is a sample of my Introduction to Montessori Art, Music, and Poetry ebook PDF for three- to six-year-olds: SAMPLE of Montessori Art, Music,…


I shared the following message in a post, a while back, in my Facebook group, and imagine my surprise when members started posting imperfect photos of their Montessori home environments! It soon became one of the most popular threads, so I decided to bring it to my private blog so other moms can see how 'not so perfect Montessori moms' can be [click here to read the FULL post]: 

There are a lot of beautiful photos of Montessori home environments that are shared online, including Pinterest, Facebook, and Montessori blogs, but we don't want moms who DON'T have picture-perfect Montessori in the home to despair! (I, Lisa Nolan, lived in a small apartment until our son was…


In this sample audio file/podcast episode, "How to Save $ Buying Materials on Amazon, Part 2" I share more of my secret tips and tricks for how to save money when shopping for Montessori materials on Amazon! Listen here (16 minutes): #24 Save Money on Amazon.mp3. Examples of the three drop-ship sellers I mentioned in the podcast:  Curious Minds Busy Bags***Amazing Montessori***Callie's Corner. Links to Montessori deals pages I mentioned in the podcast: and…


"Where is Lisa going with all this Montessori and reading and writing and brain development..." my members and subscribers must have been asking themselves, "And will she address the cost of Montessori materials, as well as the utilization of alternatives, especially for 'late bloomers'?  Will she address--not only literacy in a Waldorf setting, but, for example, Nature-or-forest-school alternatives?" Listen--and find out (8 minutes): #41 Where am I going with all this reading, writing, and brain development.mp3.  ~Lisa Nolan 


Today I'm sharing childhood development podcasts and episodes I HIGHLY recommend listening to, regarding early literacy, emergent writing, reading challenges, as well as the importance of play...

​1. Not just Cute, the Podcast (with Amanda Morgan): Intentional Whole Child Development, "A place where we discuss all kinds of topics relating to intentional, whole child development, and supporting the work of parents and teachers of young children. It’s like a laid-back, nerdy conversation with one of your favorite mom friends. A friend who happens to specialize in child development." About / Facebook page…


I created a 15-part Montessori Reading and Writing podcast/audio series with a focus on brain-and-child development! Below is a list of books I read and chatted about and shared passages from (they are listed in no particular order, and the links go to

  • Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention by Stanislas Dehaene (2009). "Reading in the Brain describes pioneering research on how we process language, revealing the hidden logic of spelling and the existence of powerful unconscious mechanisms for decoding words of any size, case, or font.... Setting cutting-edge science in the context of cultural debate, Reading in the Brain is an unparalleled guide to a uniquely human ability." ~goodreads book…


In this 28-minute YouTube video, UCLA neuropsychologist Susan Y. Bookheimer, PhD, discusses brain development in children and adolescents. Pay special attention to the following: 

  • 03:15 Myelination (definition of, importance of).
  • 06:15 Myelination and MRI scans of one- to ten-year-olds, how it develops including in birth- to 12-month-olds, and why more is better.
  • 09:53 Corpus Callosum (definition of, importance of).
  • 13:38 "Salience Network" and "Default Mode Network" (definition of, importance of).
  • 18:46 ASD Network Segregation  (definition of, importance of).
  • 20:50 Adolescence and changes in the brain.
  • 23:00 UCLA's Brain Development and Aging Research

Three more YouTube videos about brain and child development that I highly recommend watching:…