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Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook [Kindle Edition]

Maria Montessori
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Book Description

This is the book that Maria Montesorri wrote in response to requests from thousands of American parents and teachers. A short, illustrated guide to the use of the Montessori classroom materials, it shows how to set up a “children’s house”—an environment for learning where children can be their own masters, free to learn at their own pace.
Frames for lacing and buttoning, geometrical wooden inserts, sound cylinders, sandpapers letters, colored numerical rods: these are familiar features of any Montesorri classroom, whether in the pioneering days or today. Dr. Montesorri explains how to use these materials with preschool children to stimulate their powers of observation, recognition, judgment, and classification.
These self-correcting learning tools are the original “teaching machines” for young children. Inherently logical and aesthetically pleasing, they were designed to hone the child’s visual, auditory, and tactile perceptions. Dr. Montesorri stresses that each child approaches the apparatus differently. The role of the adult, whether teacher or parent, is to let the child experiment, perceive his own mistakes, and run his own risks in learning.

(With black-and white illustrations throughout.)

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A short, illustrated guide to the use of Montessori classroom materials. Describes how to set up a "children's house" - an environment for learning where children can be their own masters.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4481 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken (March 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5ZY8I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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This book is great for explaining the very basics of the montessori manipulatives and their primary function. it's good for background and knowledge into Montessori's methods and thinking (for primary aged children). It is NOT, however, a how to or instruction guide for Montessori. you won't gleen much about how to use things (other than one or maybe two basic functions) from this book. for that you need montessori albums, which will cost you a considerable amount of money.

i think this book is useful to people wanting to know more about Montessori and how she came up with the manips themselves or saw the children react to them but if you're trying to emulate the montessori method in your home and need more information, your money would be better spent elsewhere. for that i would recommend: Teaching Montessori in the Home by Elizabeth Hainstock.
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84 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highlights basic teaching methods and apparatus. April 24, 1998
This short book is like an Army basic training manual. Montessori teaching methods are described in detail, like recipes in a cookbook. An interesting section on food for children recommends large amounts of fat and sugar foods and therefore seems outdated. The systematic order achieved by the method is described as desirable while too much variety and child/teacher interaction is regarded as undesirable. The book warns that over-stimulating a child's imagination could cause him or her to miss the purpose of the lessons (tell that to Barney). The author's works have a ring of truth throughout and are valuable because of the spirit they convey even today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Montesori for insiders April 5, 2011
I have purchased this book to get as close as possible to Dr Montessori's thoughts and get a big picture of what Montessori really is - straight from the author. This book is great at that, but I was very disappointed to find that the thin brochure has very poor layout - like a printed word document bound into paperback. And no figures are included at all, although they are mentioned in text. A list of Montessori tools is also useless without figures and illustrations, because one can not visualise what the text is describing. So, all in all, this does not help a parent in actually working the Montessori way - this is more or less just a chain of thoughts that are behind the method. For a practical demonstration some other book must be selected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Insights; Good for all Educators! November 24, 2013
I'm a professional educator, always in search of best-practices for learning that are aligned with brain biology and human development. I chose this book because Dr. Maria Montessori is the most influential educator to crack the code of matching learning with human development. With every passing year, the study of neuroscience continues to fully support Dr. Montessori's keen observations from 100+ years ago, about meeting needs of learners in an appropriate way.

This specific book is written by Dr. Montessori herself. In her own words, she explains in detail the rationale for her method and the specific materials she developed for use with her method. It's relatively short, but is filled with powerful insights! Even though Dr. Montessori's discussion in this book is focused on explaining the rationale behind her materials, educators of all ages and in all types of classrooms will find her insights behind understanding the learner very unique, but precisely on target.

As noted by other reviewers, this is a not a comprehensive book about the Montessori Method. But, it is filled with timeless insights from the most masterful educator in history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Dr. Montessori shows how children are actually small human beings who need a guide, who bring their inner being out, more than a teacher to fill them with knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! October 23, 2011
By Mok 5
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This is my favorite Maria Montessori book, I love her pictures of the kids using the materials. It is great to see what a Montessori classroom looked like in her day, it helps to realize that materials were not all perfect they were well used with chips off the paint, etc. But most of all I love reading her experiences with children, she is absolutely amazing! Plus this book is much easier to read than "Absorbent mind". Definitely recommend this book.
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