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The Tao of Montessori: Reflections on Compassionate Teaching

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"If, like some, you regret that Montessori too rarely in her writings appreciated the humanity of teachersâtheir creativity, their curiosity, their doubtsâthis book stands as the perfect complement."â

Evocative and unique, The Tao of Montessori offers a quiet balance to the noisy demands of teaching and parenting through a special blend of encouraging ve

Paperback, 174 pages
Published February 9th 2007 by iUniverse Star (first published 2005)
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Sep 07, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing
I could read this book over and over... peaceful. Exactly the kind of education I want for my children- intelligent and calm. Whenever I am feeling stressed, I can pick up this book and feel completely refocused in parenting and teaching. Ahhhh.
May 14, 2015 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Catherine McTamaney proposes not only ways of compassionate teaching, but on how we should treat each other and ourselves daily. Great messages for any age and stage in life to bring us back to center.
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Recommends it for: Montessori teachers and parents
A set of reflections about Montessori practice and philosophy (mostly practice) based on a feeling for Taoist philosophy, yielding some ideas that lend themselves well to both challenge and affirmation. The Montessorian will find in this book a refreshing format and a more poetic approach to Montessori philosophy.

I enjoyed especially the use of more oblique Taoist quotations among the pages. There is no one-to-one reflection drawn from particular statements from Taoism. Rather there are mini-ess
Mar 03, 2012 Janice rated it it was ok
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Some interesting ideas to mull over, but just not a lot of practical help in a Montessori classroom. Great in theory, but the reality is a bit different. And much of the material seems to cover the younger kids.
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One of my absolute favorites... I love it so much that I really need a second copy. When it's in my office, I miss it by my bed & when it's next to my bed I want it work. Every Montessori educator should own this!
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