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Book and Video Resources

Books for Parents:

Click on any of the book titles below for the Amazon link for purchase.  Many are available on Audible, as well.

A Note on Positive Discipline:

Positive Discipline offers a guide to connecting with your child in a kind and firm way based on mutual respect and encouragement.  The idea is that children feel their best when they feel significance and belonging in their family and school.  It offers concrete tools and reflections for parents to help their children with emotional regulation, responsibility, respect, and trust.

Positive Discipline: The Classic Guide to Helping Children Develop Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Problem-Solving Skills by Jane Nelson, EdD

Positive Discipline: The First Three Years, Revised and Updated Edition: From Infant to Toddler--Laying the Foundation for Raising a Capable, Confident Child by Jane Nelson, EdD

Some Montessori Insight for Parents:

The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being by Simone Davies

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin

Psychology and Brain Science:

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

An examination of the things that motivate people: having a sense of purpose, autonomy and mastery.  It questions the concept that rewards and punishments work well in motivating people to perform at school and at work.

The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

This book is about how children's brains are wired and how they mature over time, with useful strategies for emotional regulation.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D

This book is about growth mindset, brain plasticity, turning setbacks into successes, seeing challenges as steps towards progress, and focusing on learning vs proving oneself.

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn

For setting up a child-friendly home (and for great gifts for kids!):

For Small Hands-Toys and Montessori Materials Catalog

How We Montessori-A blog about activities to do with children as they develop month-by-month and year-by-year.

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin

Video and Website Resources about Educational Approaches

This school is not in Austin, but the video well represents the elementary school experience of Montessori environment:


Also, a video by the American Montessori Society:


Montessori vs. Waldorf:


Waldorf school:

This school is in California but shows some of the activities/approaches of Waldorf.

Waldorf Website FAQ's:

Montessori vs. Reggio Emilia:

International Baccalaureate (IB) description:

Acton Academy:

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