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Secret of Childhood Mass Market Paperback – January 12, 1982
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Original Language: Italian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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However, the 'secrets' in the book quickly surface as Montessori begins with a look at the traditional perception of the child. She believed that the child was going to be the major concern of the twentieth century and when the education systems that exist today are compared to those of the turn of the 20th century, it can easily be argued that she was right.
She does not end with feeble predictions, however, and goes on to talk of how adults have failed children and will continue to do so unless they change their attitude to children. For some this book will not turn out to be the rainbows and cuddly toys that they traditionally associate with books concerning young children! She pulls no punches in condemning those who have held children in such low regard for so long.
The psychological features present in the new born child, feature strongly in the early part of the book. Montessori cites the work of Hugo de Vries as a precursor to her work on 'Sensitive Periods', which are essentially, periods of time throughout the child's development where he is able to learn certain life skills. Once these periods are missed, it is unlikely that the child will be able to learn the skill, ever. These skills include speech, mobility and several others.Read more ›
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But in reality, it does change a lot of contents! i should say, it lost a lot of original contents! i don't understand why amazon put the wording like the above.
So, please, whoever wants to know the original Dr. Maria Montessori's idea about "the secret of childhood", go with the mass market paperback one although it is a little bit hard to read due to the small font. But it's absolutely worthy. It explained thoroughly. Not like this one, kind like cheating the reader.
Maria Montessori was a pioneer in children education/raising/learning and nowadays science (brain development) is proving her right from every aspect. This is one of her late works, so you will find most of her thoughts in there, but in a way more holistic and generic.
All her knowledge is derived from hands-on experience, so consider reading it slowly to grasp all meanings. Ok, Montessori is a bit difficult on working at home (try a good school for better support), but consider and implement some aspects of it and you will soon discover a new child. It is also more generalized, but I think that is the best way to master the genius behind the specific details of her educational system. Tons of books on the subject (many of them really good), but this is her own work and it is well worth reading material for every parent not only those interested in montessori. Try it...
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It was a used book (not clear when bought) and the quality of it was very poor.Published 2 months ago by Diego del Pozo
So sorry to review it so late,because I receive it through transfer company.The book is good,looks very well.Five stars.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great primer for anyone looking to learn more about Dr. Montessori's method. It is easy to read, and approved by Mario Montessori, her son. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Seri