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The Children on the Hill: The Story of an Extraordinary Family.

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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Published September 1st 1973 by Bobbs-Merrill Co (first published 1972)
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Felicity
Slow steady nurturing with lots of loving participation is the approach Maria applied to the education of her children. For the book's publication all their names have been changed. Maria, having taken a course in Montessori teaching, decided to bring her children up in a controlled environment she called The Process, where she had total control of their development until they were able to function in the outside world. To this end she devoted herself completely to their educational requirements ...more
Jennifer
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reading
I re-read this recently having first read it as a child. It is interesting how many of Martin and Maria's ideas about education and early childhood have now been adopted into mainstream schooling and parenting. First time round I was in awe of the academic achievement of the children, reading it for a second time I think the emphasis of the parents on character is really admirable; the author remarks repeatedly on all the children's gentleness, patience and good humour ...more
Starr
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Very strange story of a very strange family living in the U.K in the early 70s. Using Montessori methods as well as isolation, "Maria" brings up her children as little geniuses. Gotta say I didn't learn much about anything I'd like to do in practice except make sure my house is welcoming to varying interests. Otherwise, I'm not about to give up everything for the sake of the kids. Maybe it's because mine are just bright and not profoundly gifted. Whatever the case, I wasn't inspired, just amused ...more
Matthew
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I read this when I was in high school, and it's probably had more influence on me than any other book, fiction or non. Of course, since then I've tried to find out what happened to the children in this book, and I'm pretty sure I know now who they are - but I won't tell anyone. ;D ...more
lucy  black
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting, non-fic
really dated little book about education and giftedness. Made me want to see the doco they made.
Jenny
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschool-books
Interesting but slow.
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