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This is the book that Maria Montesorri wrote in response to requests from thousands of American parents and teachers. A short, illustrated guide to the use of the Montessori classroom materials, it shows how to set up a “children’s house”—an environment for learning where children can be their own masters, free to learn at their own pace.

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ebook, 192 pages
Published March 30th 2011 by Schocken (first published 1914)
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I've learn a lot from this book. Montessori have done a great job to create a method that help to improve how human handles their children. When she explain about how we as an adult human should respect this small human that we used to be I've felt that I've been done lots of mean things to children. As a teacher I'm used to force them to do things, asked them questions that they can't answer and even scold them. First, we have to respect the children as another human being then we can let them ...more
Courtney Handermann
Love the Montessori focus on the senses, exploring the world, and letting children have valuable "work." Some of Dr. Montessori's premises are off, so I'm still considering how that impacts her methods and tools. This book is primarily about the tools, but she goes into her premises a little more in "Childhood Education." Without having dug through her premises yet, I'm still really impressed with her "tools," which remind me of a lot of the games that fascinated me when I was little. Even if I ...more
Very short, but an interesting look into Maria Montessori's education methods. I learned a lot and gained a few good insights into why certain practices work. I like the Montessori ideas a lot and have started using them a little in our homeschool.
"If we give children 'the means of existence', the struggle for it disappears, and a vigorous expansion of life takes it's place."

"The aim is an inner one, namely that the child train himself to observe;that he be led to make comparisons between objects, to form judgements, to reason and to decide; and it is in the indefinite repetition of this exercise of attention and of intelligence that a real development ensues."

Every parent ought to familiarize themselves with the work of Dr. Montessori...
Interesting background on small children and how they develop
I read the Kindle edition, which leaves out all of the illustrations being described by Montessori. If you plan of reading the same version, it's a must to familiarize yourself with the Montessori didactic equipment in order to clearly understand the exercises. Otherwise, a very interesting read on Montessori's method.
Again, I need to re-read this book. My initial exposure to Montessori's writings were years ago and my current experience requires that I re-read to remind myself, reteach myself and expand on ideas which were brand new to me at the time.
Fascinating book and a great primer on children's mental development.
Sally Clark
Quick read to see how and why Montessori materials are to be used.
Dry dry dry. Not the typical read from Dr. Montessori.
Heidi Mcjunkin
A great overview of the basic lessons for 3-6 year olds.
very long explanations but good information
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Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, philosopher, humanitarian and devout Catholic; she is best known for her philosophy and the Montessori method of education of children from birth to adolescence. Her educational method is in use today in a number of public as well as private schools throughout the world.
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