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Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work Paperback – August 1, 1998
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If someone is interested in learning about the Montessori method, and can only read one book, this is the one.
There is another biography by Rita Kramer that looks good, but I haven't gotten to it yet. Good luck!
But only this authorized biography by standing gives a good picture of how important, and how influential she was.
Montessori(1870-1952)was an extremely attractive, intelligent, and complicated person. Although she claimed to be only interested in "the child", and not at all in politics, her writings are shot full of socialist and pacifist ideas. She believed her education methods,through "the child's self directed manual activities" would abolish such tendencies as selfishness, acquisitiveness and the desire for status.
Montessori also claimed in was a great mistake for people to assume that her insistence on the child's "freedom" dis not equate with a lack of discipline. Quite to the contrary, she insisted the teacher's (or "directress's")responsibility was to "destroy evil" in the classroom. And what is "evil"?
Of course, "evil" is anything contrary to Montessori's personal belief.
But Maria Montessori also had some wonderful educational ideas. She believed in "epochs of sensitivity" during which opportunities for the acquisition of certain skills could be most advantageously instilled. She believed the best time to teach literacy was from age 3 1/2 to 4 1/2, and that writing led automatically to reading. She turned out to be right about this, and also said that "absolute musical pitch" could also easily be acquired at the same ages. No one has ever prooved this to be true, so I think I'll do so. My name is Bob and my email address is email@example.com
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So sorry to review it so late,because I receive it through transfer company.The book is good,looks very well.Five stars.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was the first book I read on Montessori and it sold me on her method. Shortly after I read it, I took the Montessori training and have been teaching Montessori ever since.Published 8 months ago by Charlotte Cushman
Great for anyone who wants to know more about Dr. Montessori's life and work.Published 11 months ago by Leonie C. Eussen
The content of the book is good. The condition the book arrived in was definitely not "good" thought. Read morePublished 14 months ago by AKM
One of the best...and it has an index in the back for easy reference of terms.Published 17 months ago by Kathy
I love the way Standing highlights Montessori's philosophy, method and makes her palpable. You feel his reverence for this woman and you end with true appreciation for the genius... Read morePublished 18 months ago by sassyminia