Adrian author pens children’s book on Montessori educationWritten by Paige Shermis | | email@example.com
Adrian author and preschool teacher Valorie Veld’s children’s book “I am a Montessori Kid” was released May 21 by Tate Publishing.
“[The Montessori teaching style] is all about following the child, and using specialized materials, called didactic materials. It’s very individualized. It’s a lot of hands-on self-correcting work. There is a lot of preparation of the environment so the children can forward and progress,” Veld said.
Veld, a Kalamazoo native, was a longtime teacher in Montessori schools before St. Joseph Academy Montessori Children’s House in Adrian closed after she had worked there for 12 years. Currently, she is the co-director of the Lenawee Great Start Readiness Program at Blissfield Elementary School, where she incorporates Montessori methods. This is her first book.
“I wanted a book to be available for younger Montessori students, to be able to help them start some dialogue with their family and friends about what they do at school. Many times, parents of children who attend a Montessori school do not understand the method. We try to give a lot of parental education about it. It’s a concept that’s not always easy to grasp,” Veld said.
The book, which was both written and illustrated by Veld, does not follow a plot, she said.
“[The book] shows different activities that children might do at school. At the end, it says being a Montessori kid is totally cool,” Veld said.
Veld recommends the Montessori method of teaching for the brain development of young children, especially those in their pre-primary school years.
Veld attended Chaminade University of Honolulu and Siena Heights University in Adrian. Her husband is a retired member of the military, where he served for 20 years, and he and Veld have two adult sons. Her family has lived in Adrian for the past 14 years.
The first printing of “I am a Montessori Kid” was in February.
Veld’s publisher, Tate Publishing, is Christian-based and publishes books that geared toward families, meaning that strong language and sexual themes are avoided. Not all books published by the company, founded in 2001, have explicitly religious content.
“We publish all different types of books,” said Traci Nix, marketing representative at Tate Publishing.
“I am a Montessori Kid” can be purchased through several online vendors, Nix said.
“This book is currently available for order online, as [Veld] is a new author. In the beginning, as authors are new, they have to active in the community in order to increase demand,” Nix said. “Customers can order ["I am a Montessori Kid"] from Amazon and Barnes and Noble [’s website]. Also, there are books available to purchase at Tate Publishing’s website, tatepublishing.com.”
The book is also available for purchase on electronic readers such as the Kindle and the Nook, Veld said.
Veld can be reached through her email at firstname.lastname@example.org and at email@example.com.