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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 15, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312018649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312018641
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was a brilliant and original educator. Her work with children stressed the importance of autonomy as an educational goal. Renewed interest in her philosophy and teaching methods and the clear format of this book make it a good choice for public libraries. There is detailed information on her philosophy and an in-depth explanation of her teaching methods. Coverage of practical, sensorial, cultural, mathematic, and language activities includes a statement of the activity's purpose, materials needed (and suggestions on how to make them at home), and exercises. A good reference tool for everyone wanting to know more about or intending to try the Montessori method whether they are parents, teachers, or day-care personnel. Annette V. Janes, Hamilton P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Gettman's advice on how to create an effective learning environment should be helpful for parents as well as educators and day-care workers."--Booklist

"A good reference tool for everyone wanting to know more about or intending to try the Montessori method whether they are parents, teachers, or day-care personnel."--Library Journal

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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful By MYOB on April 3, 2008
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Of the four books I have about using the Montessori Method at home with this age group, this is by far the best in some ways. It gives the clearest understanding of the sequence of activities, dividing them into groups or "periods"--and of the flexibility of the sequence. It has the clearest explanations of the presentation of each set of materials, and of the different exercises that can be done (in order) with each, as well as giving a good idea of which exercises lead directly or indirectly to which others. It has helpful tips for making some of the materials yourself at home (and of course instructions for making many more can be found on the internet).

And it has the best explanation of how to follow the Montessori method at home. Here are a few quotes that really opened my eyes:
"Imagine that the child has recently been given a number of very high quality presentations, the cleaned and polished materials are neatly stored in their designted places in the carefully ordered Montessori environment, you are sitting expectantly in the corner waiting to observe some of that remarkable Montessori self-teaching, and what is the child doing? Playing with the cat. Sound frustrating? Well, it shouldn't! We must be very careful not to get in the frame of mind that there is anything wrong with the child's playing with the cat, nor indeed with any typically childlike behavior. The point cannot be emphasized too strongly that the Montessori environment is only there to help the child. Forcing it on the child, making evident our expectations of the wonders that Montessori's method can work...will only cause harm and distress."

"A presentation to a young child should never consist, in whole or in part, of verbal instructions.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2002
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This book has been the clearest and most concise version of the Montessori method I have found yet. The introduction is excellent and seems to cover all the history of Maria Montessori and her philosophy without confusing issues or making it over complex. It gave me a real feeling of being able to implement her ideas in my home without having to hugely change the way my daughters lived. I found the descriptions of the materials and how to present them excellent; simple, as the presentations should be, ordered, so I knew what I should tackle next and with lots of varieties, so I could make good use of the materials I made or bought. I found a lot of confidence from this book - partly in my parenting techniques and partly in my ability to take to the do-it-yourself stores and make my own materials using his descriptions! If you are going to have one Montessori book - have this one!
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119 of 127 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1996
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Maria Montessori had a huge influence on primary education throughout the world. Unfortunately, a cult-like mystique surrounds the Montessori method, which has prevented it being taken seriously by many educators and parents. Basic Montessori opens the celebrated philosophy and method to a more general public for the first time. It clearly explains her ideas and provides a step-by-step guide to the Montessori learning activities most commonly used with under-fives - and even shows how to work with a child at home. No parent or educator should miss out on her marvellous insights into how young children learn
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By lesleylovesteaching on March 30, 2010
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This book is wonderful if you've already had an introduction to Montessori principles and ideas about learning, and would like directions for making some of these materials to use with your own children or in a classroom setting. I have incorporated several Montessori materials into my public school teaching, but since I was not in a position to quit teaching and start over, I found this book invaluable for laying out the steps on how to introduce the materials to children and teach them to work with them. Even when I use materials that I've purchased for my classsroom (the puzzle maps, for example), I have found that following the procedures for introducing the work in this book has made all the difference in how the children use them and how successful and self motivated they are in working with them. This book is an absolute bargain, and is a great introduction to using the Montessori materials and making them yourself. I would recommend it highly to anyone who is interested in homeschooling, or supplementing their classroom instruction with the always reliable Montessori materials.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By hygienemommy on June 12, 2011
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I'm new to Montessori and borrowed this book from a friend- I quickly learned how important it would be to have my own due to all of the great activity descriptions. I felt like it gave a nice overview of the montessori method- enough that I was hooked. I have since checked out Montessori From the Start from the Library and finished it. They didn't have this book at my local library so that's why I purchased it. However, I think I would have wanted to anyway because i reference it so much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lm2m on October 9, 2009
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I'm here now looking for Montessori books for 5+ and realized I needed to leave a rating for this excellent book. I bought several home-how-to books, but this is the one I use day in and day out. Yes, others are easier to read (tiny print for my aging eyes), look better and have more pictures/a nicer layout/etc. But after reading them all, this is the one that I can pick out 1-2 activities per day, do a quick skim and then be able to do the activities with my daughter.

I am doing Montessori at home to supplement preschool and have relied completely on books for training. I recommend getting a few different books, and this is definitely one to include.

btw, he also includes how to's re: making the toys at home yourself (and also tips when it's just easier to buy it instead). Very helpful. I just hope that he wrote something for 5+, too.
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