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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (December 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075662505X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756625054
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Seldin's book is beautifully illustrated with full color photographs of a diverse group of children ..." -- Library Journal

About the Author

Currently President of The Montessori Foundation and Chair of the International Montessori Council, Tim Seldin is one of America's most respected Montessori educators and authors. He is the author of Celebrations of Life, The World in the Palm of Her Hand, and The Montessori Way: An Education for Life.

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Currently President of The Montessori Foundation and Chair of the International Montessori Council, Tim Seldin is one of America's most respected Montessori educators and authors. He is the author of Celebrations of Life, The World in the Palm of Her Hand, and The Montessori Way: An Education for Life.

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This is a wonderful parenting book that is very easy to read.
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I constantly go to this book for ideas on how to entertain my child and guide him to learn.
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I recommend this book to parents interested in a Montessori education for their children.
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119 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Viva Harris on May 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Mr. Seldin happens to be the president of the Montessori Foundation, and so I suppose it should not be surprising that the book is essentially an infomercial on Montessori schools. But does that mean it's not worth reading?

Actually, no- the book does have value, even for (or maybe especially for) parents who don't intend to send their children to Montessori schools.

* Games and Activities: Seldin provides numerous examples of at-home educational activities and games you can play with your infant, toddler, and child up to age six. Plus, the book is replete with photographs of the activities Seldin describes, making it a visually enjoyable read. The activities listed are probably the single biggest reason I will keep this book instead of swapping it at a used bookstore- as my daughter gets older, I can see that it will be useful to refer back to it to get some fresh ideas.
* Ideas for Child's room: Seldin describes ways in which parents can "evolve" a child's room, and the whole house, to fit the child's needs as they get older. I am fairly new to the the Montessori philosophy, but I can tell you that I immediately saw a difference in my daughter's fussiness and tantrums when I started making the house more accessible to her (for instance, now I have a low cabinet with "her" kitchen items in it- she can go get a bowl by herself and fill it with some rye crackers and raisins when she is hungry- she LOVES this new independence).
* Discipline Advice: One chapter in a book probably isn't enough to overhaul a parent's disciplinary practices, but Seldin does provide a few useful tips on minimizing tantrums and teaching care and compassion.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By H. Fierlinger on May 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am so happy that this book is available as it is one of the few Montessori books that has so many lovely photos. This book is for anyone interested in Montessori and has many easy and basic suggesions for setting up your home to be child friendly. Even if you do not intend to take your child to a Montessori school, you will be able to use this book at home for years and years. It has great birthday party suggestions which I have never seen in a Montessori book before. It is filled with great ideas.

This is not the book to get if you are looking for an introduction to Montessori schools. It is primarily geared toward the home.
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67 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Pantley on January 23, 2007
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I picked up a copy of How to Raise an Amazing Child - and I must say that it is an amazing book. It is a gem filled with important tips as well as a beautiful piece of art. I find myself leafing though it just to enjoy the photographs and the presentation. I love the practical and helpful ideas throughout, such as ideas on how to create a meaningful birthday celebration, how to encourage and teach helpfulness, and how to set up your child's world to encourage the enjoyment and learning of new skills. This is a worthwhile book for any parent to enjoy and learn from.

Elizabeth Pantley,

Author of The No-Cry Discipline Solution
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. Caldwell on March 3, 2007
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This is one of the most useful books on child-rearing I have ever read. In many ways it is typical of DK - wonderful pictures and concise and relevant content. This makes it accessible to people unfamiliar with the Montessori approach. People more familiar with Montessori philosophy will recognise the authenticity of Tim Seldin's guidelines for parents. This book is an ideal gift for new parents and should be read by anyone who comes into contact with young children.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By newmother on October 27, 2007
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This is no literary great, but a short and sweet little guide about montessori in the home. The photos are exquisite, a real joy in themselves. The ideas and activities in the book are more contemporary than some of the other montessori the in the home books around as well.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Melissa A. Jones on April 3, 2007
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This is a wonderful parenting book that is very easy to read. It is a perfect gift for parents of young children. I highly recommend it to families interested in the Montessori philosophy but it is a great resource for anyone to use.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gael Linn on September 28, 2007
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I checked this book out from our local library and was so impressed with the layout, photos, and the simple yet effective dialogue that I ordered two copies and gave them to our daughters who are each new mothers. It is a great way to introduce the Montessori philosophy to young parents!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Nolan on January 29, 2010
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Published in recent years, it is one of the newer Montessori books on the market. This is a lovely book, with fantastic pictures and very well designed. (I would buy it just for the photos!) It is an easy read, and only 186 pages. It is also Montessori at home friendly.

It covers much of what you want to know about Montessori education with a simple, in-a-nut-shell style, including: "what is Montessori?"; "the sensitive periods for learning"; Montessori schools (about); Montessori from birth and "your growing baby"; "making your home child-friendly"; a Montessori style nursery; Montessori around the home; "discovery through the senses"; home-made Montessori activities to do and make at home; "keeping the peace" (how to handle negative behavior); Montessori outdoors; and more!

This is not a book for Montessori homeschoolers, who want to create a Montessori classroom or unschool environment at home. It is, however, for families who are looking for an alternative and who may be interested in a Montessori lifestyle for the home.
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