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The Secret of Childhood Mass Market Paperback – January 12, 1982
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Maria Montessori describes the child with warmth and the exactness of a scientist. She also discusses the array of materials and techniques needed to release his learning potential.
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She discovered then what we know scientifically now: that children do most of their key development from birth through age 5. And that sets the foundation for learning and success for the rest of their lives.
I went to a Montessori preschool and my mom had early learning materials at home. I could read and do my times tables before I started kindergarten. I'm not unique; I just had the right experience. It's a small book and a fascinating read. This is just one of several she wrote. Clearly, I'm a fan :o)
I enjoyed reading her perspective on children and observing how life has changed so much. I think for me, one of my favorite parts of her writing is she did not have to be politically correct. Montessori wrote what she felt and observed. The rest is up to the reader.
I will point out this is a dry read. One based off of facts and and observations.
Overall I did learn a lot of Maria Montessori. I know it has changed my outlook on children and will influenced the way I go about education. A long difficult read, but one well worth it.