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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken; 1st edition (October 30, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805209220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805209228
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book is Montessori's own exposition of the theory behind her innovative educational techniques. She shows parents, teachers and administrators how to "free a child to learn through his own efforts".

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So, this book is not what it was supposed to be.
K. Wang
The index is most certainly a xerox just like the rest of the book.
stevenhaddox
Every educator should be familiar with Maria Montessori's work.
Vladimir Kornea

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. Wang on July 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
This paperback version published by [...] (ISBN 9562915824) excludes most of the original illustrations/pictures/photos without indication in the product description, which, I think, has largely lowered the quality and damaged contents of this book. So, this book is not what it was supposed to be. Reading experience of it is terrible! My zero start for it.
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110 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Dujmovic VINE VOICE on November 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
While there is much to commend this book, especially for parents of children in Montessori programs (which is why I read it), there is also much about it that is a problem. First, there is a gushiness in Montessori's utopian descriptions of how her program will create a "new man"--it's almost Leninist in its cadence, and it made me wonder whether Mussolini liked her Children's Houses. The disrespect for what children learn at home is palpable. Second, the section on the diet for children is hopelessly out of date. I'm sure her views, circa 1900, were the best science could offer, but we've gone way beyond advocating a diet rich in fats and sugar and prohibiting all milk products except butter. Third, there is too much detail for the general reader (i.e. most parents) about linguistic theory--and I really like linguistics. Her strengths, of course, are her emphases on the liberty and independence of the child (tempered by concern for society), stimulation and development of the senses, and the importance of writing. This inexpensive edition is worth having, but expect to skim a lot.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Vladimir Kornea on July 17, 2002
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Here, Maria Montessori introduces a scientific approach to pedagogy. The Montessori schools which she established and developed are intended for children three to seven years of age. The children are allowed as much freedom as possible and are provided with "didactic materials" which are various artifacts which they can use to educate themselves. They are supervised by a single directress whose primary task is to observe the children and direct their efforts by explaining to them how various didactic materials are used (it's very simple, but nothing is obvious to a young child). This book offers some valuable concete advice, but its primary use to me was as an introduction to the approach of scientific pedagogy. The basic premises as I understand them are that (1) children have a natural desire to learn and (2) one can learn how to live in freedom only by being free. These premises are fully supported and fleshed out in the book. The Montessori method achieved startling results, with four year old children (on average) learning to be masters of themselves, disciplined, benevolent, self-confident, and capable of reading and writing. Every educator should be familiar with Maria Montessori's work.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tanya on April 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book is dry, I do admit...but it is sound. I really wanted to reply to the review claims made by a Doctor (of what I am not terribly sure) that this will turn your children into sociopaths.

As per my post in the comments reply section, I attended a Montessori myself as a child. I would share with you all the wonderful attributes I posses that I believe are a direct result of a Montessori based education, but what would that really say? None of you know me personally.

However, you might find it interesting (and quite ironic under the current circumstances)to know that Jeff Bezos (you know, the guy who created Amazon...the very site you are on at this instant!) attended a Montessori. (feel free to look it up if you wish!) The founders of Google (Larry Page and Sergey Brin) also attended Montessori schools. In fact, in an interview with Barbara Walters, they were both quoted as giving all the credit behind their sucess to their years as Montessori students. (Feel free to look that up too, everything I have stated can be researched and verified.)

I will give you a short list of Montessori supporters I have found online. These people have either attended themselves, sent their children, or have otherwise supported Montessori education:
Alice Waters, Friedrich Hundertwasser, Julia Child, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Helen Keller, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Mahatma Gandhi, Buckminster Fuller, Leo Tolstoy, Bertrand Russell, Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, John Holt, Ann Frank, the Dalai Lama, Jacqueline Kennedy, Prince William and Prince Harry of the English royal family, Cher Bono, Yul Brynner, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Yo Yo Ma.

Last I checked, not a sociopath in the bunch. Just food for thought.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By stevenhaddox on January 16, 2011
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Although this book is completely legal, it is literally a poorly made xerox of one of the original Montesorri Method books. The first few pages are normal text, but as soon as you hit anything you want to read the book is a poor reproduction.

Due to the original work being more than 30 years old this is completely legal, just really poorly done. Be sure to by one of the other books on the Montessori method and stay away from this one.

Also, Amazon's "look inside" this book is _not_ of the book I received as it shows the index in plain text. The index is most certainly a xerox just like the rest of the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ChickPea on January 1, 2011
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This was the first book (naturally) that I picked up when I began my (now extensive) research and understanding of the Method. Note: this volume does not contain any images of the didactic materials, but one could purchase MONTESSORI'S OWN HANDBOOK as an accompaniment to obtain a visual; however, there is the most incredible example of a 5 year-old child's cursive handwriting on page 309 (of this particular publication). This book is "dated" based solely on the fact that the first English edition was published in 1912 and that she worked predominantly with poor children in the slums of Italy. Diet and hygiene were a major concern during this time period and still are in certain parts of the world. Is Cervantes's DON QUIXOTE or Newton's PRINCIPIA not dated due to their employment of chivalry and language, respectively? But we as readers still gain from them what was meant, do we not? A romance novel or physics textbook could not be what it is today without works of these great men. Our understanding would be lacking, to say the least, if we were not introduced to these revolutionary, "dated" works. You cannot simply graze the pages of a biography or newsletter and understand Maria Montessori and her Method. This was an effort that this woman devoted her entire life to and the basic foundations for it cannot be ignored. If you are new to Montessori, I recommend that this be the FIRST volume that you read. All other works by outside authors are simply "icing on the cake" of Dr. Montessori's original works. And as for the comment made by Dr.Read more ›
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