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Montessori Method

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  483 ratings  ·  41 reviews
This book is Montessori's own exposition of the theory behind her innovative educational techniques. She shows parents, teachers and administrators how to "free a child to learn through his own efforts".

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ebook, 416 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Schocken (first published 1909)
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Dec 06, 2008 Yvonne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marlise, Lauren
My friend who introduced me to Montessori for teaching my son preschool at home actually told me NOT to read Dr. Montessori's books because I wouldn't understand them because of her theories and technical language that she uses.
However, I strongly believed that if this was something I wanted to learn to better be able to use her principles in teaching my son preschool at home, then I should read what the originator of the method had to say about it.
I am very, VERY impressed with Dr. Montessori
Lois Chan-Pedley
Some thoughts. Warning: words ahead.

The gist of the philosophy maintains that a child learns best when he explores the lessons at his own pace. To avoid tiring out a teacher with a class size of more than three, she uses didactic materials not only designed to let the child figure it out on his own (they are self-correcting), but also sparks a child’s interest based on his personal stage of development: sandpaper cutouts to stimulate tactile exploration, coloured counting sticks for visual inter
The beginning and end tell an incredible philosophy, beneficial to all, with or without children three through seven-ish. Since this is a library book and highlighting would have proved wasteful for future reference—I have notes.....

chapter 1

She discusses the mechanical training of teachers and compares it to teaching a child to read. A child can read and write all the words in his curriculum book, but that doesn’t mean just because he can read Shakespeare he can understand the thoughts of Shake
Edward Tse
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Allegra Hailey Green
As a kid that grew up in the Montessori school system I was really fascinated to read this book.

There were a lot of exercise I remember doing and because of my experiences I really agreed with her, and appreciated her philosophy on:
1) giving children the freedom to do what they would like and to learn about something only when they are interested and willing to do it (this applies so much in my everyday life even now)
2) not punishing children for getting answers wrong, it discourages learning
Leah Macvie
I think this is a must read book for anyone in education, even adult education. Montessori did something completely new at her time, she experimented with a different type of instruction. I'm all about choice and opportunity. Her method of teaching is a low cost method that teaches children to be self-reliant. I say low cost because low and behold- there is no technology involved. She mentions sand paper letters and yarn lace up cards as part of her curriculum. I think many would argue that this ...more
I've been looking into Montessori teaching methods and gave this a look since it's from Montessori herself. I have to admit that I skimmed a bit in places. Some of the information didn't interest me, and some of it is just outdated like the meal plans for rich vs. poor kids in 1907 Italy. Interesting to see the formation of ideas that are almost universally accepted in western society now.
This book is well-written it's just a little more technical and theory-based than I had expected.
Here's a fantastic read to better understand Maria Montessori's philosophy, influences and, even, biography -as she retells how her children's houses came into existence.

Contrary to other readers (maybe more used to fiction or non academic books, I don't know) I didn't find it challenging, far from that. Full packed with informations, she manages to bring altogether whole areas of scientific expertise (pedagogy, psychology, sociology) that, coupled to her own experience in dealing with children
Blythe King
"So now, we wish to direct the teacher, trying to awaken in him, in connection with his own particular field, the school, that scientific spirit which opens the door for him to broader and bigger possibilities. In other words, we wish to awaken in the mind and heart of the educator an interest in natural phenomena to such an extent that, loving nature, he shall understand the anxious and expectant attitude of one who has prepared an experiment and who awaits a revelation from it." (9)

"Any nation
Inspired, inspiring, careful and visionary. Also outdated, peculiar, quaint and psudoscientific! I feel Montessori's particular voice comes through so clearly in this volume-- her insights into children's fascination, her sharp scientist's mind, her fanciful digressions.
From the introduction: xxxii: "Let me be concrete. Interesting and valuable as the didactic apparatus assembled and invented by Montessori is, there should be nothing sacrosanct about it."
xxxiii "The point is that the standard a
So much has already been written about this book that I will limit this review to a few personal observations.

This book came alive in my hands. Even after 100 years Maria Montessori's passion is palpable. My responses ranged from amusement at some of her more extreme claims to deep respect for her still relevant observations, methods, and philosophy of education.

Maria Montessori writes with clarity and consistency from philosophical heights to practical application. For example she expresses a
Kay Iscah
In general, I'm impressed with the Montessori method. I've been slowly working on my own educational method, but the idea with mine is more to bring the strength of many methods together. I agree with most of her philosophies...though there were a few points where I would differ. For instance, while I do think it can be very gratifying for a child to figure out something for themselves, I don't think it's fair or practical to expect them to do this with everything...and when you look closer at t ...more
Aug 09, 2013 Jen marked it as had-to-quit  ·  review of another edition
It was my thought that reading what seemed to be a general explanation of the Montessori Method by Maria Montessori herself would be my best introduction to the method. I am a teacher who is considering homeschooling my own children and am in the process of researching various methods, beyond what I was taught in my education classes. Instead, this is a scientific tome, defending the method against practices and criticisms that are long outdated. I kept skimming ahead, hoping to find where it wo ...more
Imperative for anyone who wants, has, or ever will be caring for or dealing with small children. This book transcends educational edict and chonological age, is, really, an impassioned argument about learning for learning's sake, and explanation as to how/why rote educational tactics--horrifyingly still employed in many US schools today--stifle intellectual desire and spread equal amounts of mental apathy and decay. The technical details about the didactic materials and how to use them may appea ...more
I thought I was "in to" Montessori method for a period... reading some Montessori books I realized I am not in to Montessori method at all. I am in to children being a part of a home and a family and helping out with all of the chores and activities that make these things work. I don't think children need contrived settings to learn this. Also, reading the whole socialist background on the Montessori method was quite shocking to me. The message I got from this book was, more or less, "You don't ...more
Was expecting more of the philosophy behind her thinking, but found it very prescriptive.
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This book contains a lot of outdated theory, but gives an idea of the method. I think that it might be more efficient to read a synopsis of the method or something that discusses the method in current times. I think society today throws some new variables into the mix and those need to be addressed.
Amy Edwards
If you are interested in Montessori, then read Maria Montessori's original work. It may surprise you how far from her original ideas some schools calling themselves "Montessori" have come. Great principles of education, especially for young children, but you don't need a formal school to apply them.
I wish I was a good enough parent to read this and actually know the theory behind my kids' school...but it's really, really, really dry. I bet teachers would have an easier time reading it. For me...I trust the girls' teachers and they seem to have a good time at school so that's good enough for now.
Portions of this book are dated beyond use, and several references are obsolete to the modern reader. However, Dr. Montessori had timeless insights about the child's potential for self-education and self-discipline. I've gleaned what I can use and ignored all the rest.
As others have stated... Quite technical in nature. If you're not into all the scientific then look elsewhere for a first read on the montessori approach to life (not simply education)! But, read it if only for the background knowledge and foundational principles.
Sep 25, 2010 Haydash is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
So far, some of her points strike me as effective. One of her points stuck me as socialist. Also, the chapters are jumpy making her train of thought a little more difficult to follow for someone only reading the book for leisure and new ideas.
I sorta surfed through this book. Some of it was a little thick to me but i liked the idea that desks are slavery. :) i found it interesting this method was created to help problem students and adapted to 'normal' students.
Sharon Lin
A great book that gives me a deep insight into education of very young children and the role that musical and arts education play in educating their senses, preparing to be detailed observers of their environment.
I would like to RE-read this book since it has been a while, and now that I have had more current Montessori training, I think I would understand it differently. My rating is based on my initial reading, years ago...
Montessori core mehtod of structure and freedom to explore it is interesting, she emphasizes the strcuture a lot more than the Montessori folks I know. She also toots her own horn quite a bit.
Very imformative book about Maria Montessori and the Montessori education method. Just comfirmed my reasoning and choice to have my children gain an education in this manner.
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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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