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The Essential Montessori: An Introduction to the Woman, the Writings, the Method, and the Movement

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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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Mic
Aug 12, 2015 Mic rated it it was ok
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.
Thaddeus
Nov 16, 2014 Thaddeus rated it liked it
Basic, straightforward, biased. About 100 pages. Found parts overly concise (eg the writings of Montessori) and the overall writing not particularly compelling.
Susan Schuler
Aug 20, 2014 Susan Schuler rated it really liked it
I have always wanted to learn more about this woman and her movement and this book was very helpful.
Ann
Aug 10, 2016 Ann rated it did not like it
This book is too biased, and it is out of date. For someone who is a believer in the Montessori method, there is a LOT of criticism of Maria Montessori, and a lot of it is of a personal nature.
Lorna
Apr 14, 2015 Lorna rated it liked it
Interesting introduction to Montessori.
Tracy
Mar 15, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it
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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.
Shelldog42
Jul 19, 2009 Shelldog42 rated it really liked it
I had heard the word "montessori" thrown around, and this book helped me better understand what the method originally meant, and what it has come to mean. very helpful!
Solady Batterjee
Oct 10, 2008 Solady Batterjee rated it it was amazing
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A book that I always go back to,, it is full of stiker notes, easy to read compared to the original Montessori books.
Debbi
Sep 14, 2010 Debbi rated it really liked it
A nice overview of M. Montessori, her work, and her views concerning the education of children.
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