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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
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
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
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