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BOOKS ABOUT MONTESSORI EDUCATION
 
 
If you are NEW to Montessori education. . . I recommend reading the books by the following authors to get a "taste" of the authentic Montessori methods, materials, and environment - both from the perspective of the child and the parent/teacher:

 
 
Aline D. Wolf / Tim Sedlin / Paula Polk Lillard
 
 
Our Peaceful Classroom - a child's view of Montessori education, illustrated by Montessori students  
 
Parent's Guide to the Montessori Classroom - originally a series of pamphlets on the basics of Montessori education.
 
How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way - a modern day approach to Montessori education. 
 
Montessori in the Classroom:  A Teacher's Account of How Children Really Learn - a day by day classroom chronicle with the observations of a Montessori directresss. This book was previously published under the title "Children Learning: A Teacher's Classroom Diary."

           

 
 
If you have young children and want to explore the thought of adding a FEW Montessori activities to your home and learning environment. . .  I recommend the following authors to add a "touch" of Montessori to an already established preschool routine:
 
 
 
Lois McCue / Maja Pitamic / Lesley Britton / Lynn Lawrence
 
 
Learning Language Through All Five Senses: A Language Development Activity Book - an EXCELLENT book with practical life activities for each letter of the alphabet. There are several activities for each of the letters of the alphabet. There are several detailed illustrations of activities and tray set-ups.
 
Teach Me to Do it All by Myself - a simple summary of Montessori-friendly preschool works.
 
Montessori Play and Learn:  A Parents Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six
 
Montessori Read and Write:  A Parent's Guide to Literacy for Children

          

 
 
Of the following books, two are my all time personal favorites . . .  E. M. Standing's book is very deep for a beginner - it's not an easy book to read from cover to cover - so the first time through pick and choose the topics that interest you. By the time I read the book the third time I understood MUCH more than I did a year earlier. The Discovery of the Child is the book that explores the fullest potential of the Montessori Method. It is a great mixture of Montessori history, method an materials. This is the book that finally put it together for me.
 
 
Maria Montessori / E.M. Standing / Gianna Gobbi
 
 

Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work - edited by E. M. Standing, this is a primary resource, written by a man who knew Maria Montessori personally. A note of interest, E. M. Standing converted to the Catholic faith due in part to his friendship with Maria Montessori. Introduces Maria Montessori's application of the Montessori Method to teaching the faith.

Discovery of the Child - This book is Maria's most enjoyable description of the Montessori Method and materials for ages 3-6. Written to be a forerunner to it's companion book, From Childhood to Adolescence.

From Childhood to Adolescence: Including the Erdkinder and the Functions of the University - written as a sequel to Discovery of the Child, this book touches on what Maria had envisioned for ages 7 through college. Includes lessons and diagrams for studies on the subjects of water, carbon, chemistry experiments, and inorganic chemistry.

Listening to God with Children - written by Gianna Gobbi, a directress with first hand experience working with Maria Montessori explains the Montessori Method with elegant simplicity - this book is another of my favorites.

         

 
If you want to learn more about the Montessori APPROACH . . . I recommend the following author to get a feel for the Montessori course of study:
 
 
 
Heidi Ann Spietz
 

Montessori at Home: A Complete Guide to Teaching Your Preschooler at Home Using the Montessori Method - provides a simple approach to Montessori with samplings of presentations and materials for ages 3-6.

Modern Montessori at Home: A Creative Teaching Guide for Parents of Children 6-9 Years of Age - Includes sample phonics, grammar, biology, geography, history, and science presentations. 

Modern Montessori at Home II: A Creative Teaching Guide for Parents of Children 10-12 Years of Age - Uses a unit study approach of lesson planning with the topics of science, health, social studies, humanities, English, composition and grammar.

 
 
If you are serious about Montessori education and want to learn more about the Montessori MATERIALS . . . I recommend the following authors and books to become familiar with with authentic Montessori presentations:
 
 
 
Maria Montessori / Elizabeth Hainstock / David Gettman
 
 
Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook - written by Montessori herself, a condensed summary version of her method and an introduction to some of the Montessori materials for ages 3-6.
 
Basic Montessori: Learning Activities for Under Fives - a very usable book for the Montessori Method with materials and presentations for preschoolers. 
 
Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Preschool Years - an easy to understand collection of Montessori presentations and directions for materials making for ages 3-6, featuring Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and Culture activities.
 
Teaching Montessori in the Home: The School Years - Math and Language presentation and materials plans for ages 6-9.

           

 
 
Of the following books, three are my all time personal favorites . . .  E. M. Standing's book is very deep for a beginner - it's not an easy book to read from cover to cover - so the first time through pick and choose the topics that interest you. By the time I read the book the third time I understood MUCH more than I did a year earlier. The Discovery of the Child is the book that explores the fullest potential of the Montessori Method. It is a great mixture of Montessori history, method an materials. This is the book that finally put it together for me.
 
 
 
Maria Montessori / E.M. Standing / Gianna Gobbi
 

Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work - edited by E. M. Standing, this is a primary resource, written by a man who knew Maria Montessori personally. A note of interest, E. M. Standing converted to the Catholic faith due in part to his friendship with Maria Montessori.

Discovery of the Child - This book is Maria's most enjoyable description of the Montessori Method and materials for ages 3-6. Written to be a forerunner to it's companion book, From Childhood to Adolescence.

From Childhood to Adolescence: Including the Erdkinder and the Functions of the University - written as a sequel to Discovery of the Child, this book touches on what Maria had envisioned for ages 7 through college. Includes lessons and diagrams for studies on the subjects of water, carbon, chemistry experiments, and inorganic chemistry.

      

 
 
The "meat" of the Montessori Method is in the following three books - written to be a 3-part series, all three books were authored by Maria Montessori. Spontaneous Activity in Education was originally published as The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol I and The Montessori Elementary Material was originally published as the Advanced Montessori Method, Vol II:
 
 
 
Maria Montessori
 

Montessori Method - for ages 3-6

Spontaneous Activity in Education - for age 7-11 (philosophy and method)

Montessori Elementary Material - for age 7-11 (about the materials)

       

 
 
The HEART of the Montessori Method . . . the following Montessori books are recommended for those who want to dig deeper into understanding the philosophy of the method and the development of the child.
 
 
 
Maria Montessori
 

The Absorbent Mind - very deep and often hard to understand, but a very rich and valuable resource.

Secret of Childhood - using a more understandable language, Maria unfolds the mystery for the child.

   

 
 
The cost of the following books may not justify personally owning a copy but you can take the information to your local librarian and put in a request to purchase new materials for public use. That way your library gains a great resource and you get to read the book for free. 
 
 
 
Angela Lillard / John Chattin-McNichols / Cameron Camp, Ph.D.
 

Montessori, the Science Behind the Genius - this book addresses the constant crisis in traditional American schooling which is based on two poor models of learning: the school as a factory and the child as a blank slate. One hundred years ago, Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy, based her method of educating children on real live observations of how children naturally learn.

The Montessori Controversy - includes reports on research and trends in modern Montessori education with chapters on Montessori philosophy and theory and explains the four major areas of study:  Practical Life, Sensorial, Math and Language.

Montessori-Based Activities for Persons with Demenita - available in Volumes I & II - written by a noted psychologist whose intervention research for persons with dementia has bee funded by the Alzheimer's Association, N.I.M.H, and the National Institute on Aging. Using Montessori Methods to provide cognitive stimulation gives those afflicted with dementia opportunities to maintain some sense of order and accomplishment.

         

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