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The Essential Montessori: An Introduction to the Woman, the Writings, the Method, and the Movement
Since the remarkable success of Maria Montessori's first school ninety years ago, her theories have had a revolutionary influence on educational practices around the world—not only in avowed Montessori schools but also in learning programs of every type. In the United States alone there are thousands of schools dedicated ot the Montessori method, and there are many others ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Plume
(first published May 1st 1986)
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Definitely written in the 70's, complete with kindhearted references to retarded and Mongoloid children. Quick read, 1-2 hour intro to Montessori writings, beliefs, and history. But you'll definitely need to probe further if you actually want to feel like you understand the philosophy.
This introduction to the Montessori method was concise, but I got bogged down in the history and background. I wanted to know more about the method to which they kept referring. I skimmed most of the second half of the book and have moved on to "Teaching Montessori in the Home: the Preschool Years" for more detail on the method itself.