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The Absorbent Mind

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,695 ratings  ·  113 reviews
In response to the crisis in American education, more than five thousand public and private schools across the nation have adopted the timeless Montessori Method of teaching, of which this book is the cornerstone. Written by the women whose name is synonymous worldwide with child development theory, The Absorbent Mind takes its title from the phrase that the inspired Itali ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 15th 1995 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 1949)
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كندة الحملي
أعظم شيء لمسته بالكتاب هو تواضع ماريا وقربها للقارئ، وصلتني الأفكار بعفوية ورقي أكثر من باقي المصادر التي تعلمت منها عن مونتيسوري (مع العلم أن المصادر كانت رائعة أشخاصاً ومقالات لكن دائماً صاحب العلم الحقيقي هو الأكثر تواضعاً وقرباً للمثالية الواقعية لا المثالية النظرية..) .. الكتاب يعطي نظرة عامة عن فكر مونتيسوري تجاه الطفل بشكل عام وتجاه تكون شخصيته ونموه بشكل أكثر خصوصية.. يربطه بالعالم ويفسر لنا لم نفعل كل هذا مع الطفل؟؟ لم نؤمن بهذه القيم ونحارب كي نطبقها معه؟؟

مدخل رائع لفكر مونتيسوري لا ي
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Sara
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents and teachers especially
Excellent book. Maria Montessori's insight and genius astounds me to no end. This is my second favorite of the books I've read of hers (for adult readers) so far, after "The Secret of Childhood." I do not feel up to writing much of a review beyond that, however, so I will jump straight to my favorite quotes, which hopefully will speak for the book more than well enough themselves:

“...the child becomes a great walker and has the need to go for very long walks. Usually, we either carry him or put
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Om Mohammed
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اخيرا انهيت كتاب العقل المستوعب..كنت متشوقة جدا لقراءة الكتاب لاعرف العلم من صاحبه الاصلي و فعلا وجدت فيه ما لم اجده في اي مصدر عن منهج ماريا منتسوري و فلسفتها و رؤيتها -بغض النظر عن بعض الاراء و المعتقدات التي تتبناها ماريا منتسوري فيما يخص قوى الطبيعة و أثرها على الانسان..و نسبة كل قوى الانسان و خصائصه إلى الطبيعة و سحرها في اكثر من موضع ، و النصوص الدينية التي استشهدت بها و مخالفتها لعقيدتي -
اذا استثنينا هذه الجزئيات فالكتاب رائع بحق..رحلة متعمقة داخل نفس الطفل و عقله و روحه، دليل للتعامل مع
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Kim Harrison
Maria Montessori was a revolutionary educational philosopher. This book, a collection of speeches made in India in the 1940's, is the last in which she expounds upon the pedagogical methodology and philosophy that she introduced to the world in her seminal book, The Montessori Method. In The Absorbent Mind, with missionary zeal, she espouses ideas that are firmly rooted in Enlightenment Era thinking as well as the emerging sciences of psychology and embryology. Borrowing heavily from Rousseau, H ...more
Irem Kutlug
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
not only a child book.. but will also make ypu question humanity, evolution and yourself!
Renne
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating window into the minds of children. Montessori was a genius. I cant help but think our schools would be in a lot better shape if we would've gotten on board with her 100 years ago!
Shell
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Written from India after the Second World War there is a change in Dr Montessori's view of human nature. She is less optimistic of the goodness of man and works instead for a peaceful education. She believed, and was likely correct, that if we are to end man's destruction of man, then we need an educational philosophy based on cooperation rather than competition.
Toni
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
I like the premise behind the book but it was hard for me to read - like pulling myself through mud. Great philosophy, brilliant woman, but not pleasure reading . . . don't attempt to read if you're tired!
Živim obilje knjiga
Odlična knjiga za svakog kome dete ima godinu dana. Ako vam je dete starije, a imate prevelike izazove sa vaspitanjem, samo ćete se ubedačiti što ranije niste za nju čuli.
Svejedno, i tada je vredo pročitati je!
Sandrason
Mar 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-03
Sooo boring. Had to read it for work.
Nata
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: educație-copii
"Cel mai mare pericol zace în ignoranța noastră. Știm cum să găsim perle în cochiliile scoicilor, aur în munți și cărbune în măruntaiele pământului, dar nu avem cunoștință de germenii spiritului, de nebuloasa creatoare pe care copilul o ascunde în sine când vine în lume pentru a reînnoi omenirea."

Pentru mine această carte merită mai mult decât 5 stele.
Cartea e despre abilitatea copilului de a absorbi informațiile din mediu, capacitatea inconștientă de a le învață și asta fără intervenția nociv
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Abbey
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maria makes me question and rethink how I parent my own child and teach my students. A heavy textbook read but kept my interest. Here's to the beginning of pursuing the Montessori way :)
Nohemi Lugo
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book, a must for every new parent!
Kateřina Valová
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Uf! Konečně hotovo. Pár podnětných myšlenek v tuně vaty. Neuvěřitelně rozvláčný styl Marie Montessori mi teda dal hodně zabrat, ale nelituju. Knížka pochopitelně objasňuje základní principy montessori pedagogiky, do praxe si je člověk ale musí umět převést sám. Kontext hodně poplatný době, na druhou stranu dává více vyniknout tomu, jak moc pokrokové myšlenky na tu dobu Montessori prosazovala.
Mansour Akkache
one of the best books
lconnor
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book has been loaned out AGAIN. A friend from North Carolina just returned the book: Teaching Montessori in the Home by Hainstock; a good book; but I like the feel of reading Maria Montessori. Quoting from The Absorbent Mind:" ...Instead, the child undergoes a transformation. Impressions do not merely enter his mind; they form it. They incarnate themselves into him. The child creates his own 'mental muscles,' using for this what he finds in the world about him. We have named this type of me ...more
Lori
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We forget that imagination is a force for the discovery if truth. 177

. . . There is one thing the teacher must never do and that is, to interfere by praising a child's work, or punishing him if it is wrong, or even by correcting his mistakes . . . If a child has to be rewarded or punished, it means he lacks the capacity to guide himself. 245

Amy Pilkington
The book that started the Montessori movement. Brilliant idea and philosophy but challenging to process. The style of writing is full of optimism and metaphors that make it deep nonfiction reading, but essential if you want to understand the Montessori approach to education.
Rehab salah  Saad
ان سحر الحياة الاجتماعية يكمن في عدد الانماط الكثيرة التى يقابلها المرء وليس هناك بلادة وكابة اكثر من بيت المسنين "
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الجملة دي تختصر جزء كبيير جداُ من مشاكل الاطفال فى مراحل النمو الاجتماعي مع الطفل
الكتاب حلو ويستحق القرايه وبسيط
Stefano Ottolenghi
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libri
Questo non è un libro per maestre. Questo libro è per chiunque abbia a che fare con dei bambini. Anche tu mio caro genitore!
Juliana Zuluaga Meza
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
En India, en los años cuarenta, corría el rumor de que unos niños hijos de padres iletrados a la edad de cuatro años lograron aprender a leer sin ayuda. Los chicos afirmaban que nadie les enseñó, que simplemente vieron algún texto y supieron lo que decía. Ellos asistían al hogar para niños que había fundado la médica italiana María Montessori, quien, al igual que la prensa y la comunidad en general, creía que se encontraba frente a un grupo de superdotados.

Con el pasar de los años y la llegada d
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Arianna Di Stefano
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: educazione
"L'amore è concesso all'uomo come un dono volto ad un dato scopo e per uno speciale disegno, come ogni cosa che viene prestata agli esseri viventi dalla coscienza cosmica. Esso dev'essere tesaurizzato, sviluppato ed ingrandito al massimo delle possibilità. L'uomo, unico tra gli esseri, può sublimare questa forza che gli è stata data e svilupparla più e più, e farne tesoro è il suo compito: appunto perché questa è forza, tiene insieme l'universo. Con essa, anche l'uomo potrà tenere unito tutto qu ...more
Claire
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Written during Dr. Montessori's time in India after WWII, this book gives a wonderful insight into how the mind of a child absorbs their surroundings. The book explains Montessori's child developmental theory, especially from ages of 3-6 and gives techniques to nurture and understand a child's mind .

Parts of the book must admit had to struggle to get through. To some modern readers, her choice of words at times in presenting science explanations of neurological development may find her descripti
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Michelle Vaughn
I feel like a total dunce for giving up on this, but I just couldn't bear to drag myself through it anymore. This is dense, which is putting it nicely. I don't have the patience or attention span or time to read something like this. (I've been out of school a long time and, frankly, I wasn't particularly studious even when I was in school.) However, in no way should this shit review be misconstrued as a disparaging remark on Maria Montessori, her work, her theories. I find the Montessori method ...more
Ashley Bostrom
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-ghana
A fan of many of the principles of Montessori education, I just couldn’t bring myself to appreciate this book. Some of the initial philosophies I whole-heartedly agree with i.e. that it is unnecessary to correct student work, they just need more practice and to build concentration in a child you must not interrupt them. But many of the other ideas have been significantly dated as time has passed i.e. that teachers should be young & beautiful and it is better if they are uneducated. I think I ...more
Ily
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questo saggio, pubblicato in India nel 1949, è l'insieme di una serie di conferenze che Montessori tenne in occasione del corso di preparazione che svolse ad Ahmedabab. E' un documento prezioso e quanto mai attuale in cui sono riassunti, in maniera discorsiva, i pilastri del suo metodo: secondo me è una buona lettura per avvicinarsi a questa grande scienziata.

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Joyce
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, compared to some of Montessori's others, is a relatively dense read. Once I really got into it, though, it was very interesting. There were a lot of great ideas raised, and she outlines the Montessori pedagogy and philosophy more clearly, especially for the ages between 0 and 6.

The chapter in which I put the most bookmarks (most of my bookmarks, actually) is Chapter 22, on Social Development.
Mona
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am speechless! but the creativity in "the Absorbant mind" gave me no other option and made me give a humble review of my own. all i can say is: Marvelous! Maria Montessori is talking from higher perception, scientific spiritual one! She makes you shed all your preconceived superficial ideas which are useless! Simply, It is a book about life!
Ines Prodan
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid
„Mintea Absorbantă primeşte orice, îşi pune speranţe în orice, acceptă în mod egal sărăcia şi bogăţia, adoptă orice religie, prejudecăţile şi obiceiurile compatrioţilor săi, încarnându-le pe toate în sine.”
Jared
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this before my son started in Montessori School and found it very helpful in understanding the philosophy behind the practices of the school. Very progressive ideas, especially considering the time period she was writing in.
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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.
“If salvation and help are to come, it is through the child ; for the child is the constructor of man.” 10 likes
“Great tact and delicacy is necessary for the care of the mind of a child from three to six years, and an adult can have very little of it.” 8 likes
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