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Author Hainstock, Elizabeth G.

Title The essential Montessori : an introduction to the woman, the writings, the method, and the movement / Elizabeth G. Hainstock ; foreword by Lee Havis.

Edition Revised and updated edition.
Publication Info. New York, N.Y. : Plume, [1997]
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  371.392 HAI    AVAILABLE
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Description xiv, 140 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 132-138).
Contents Maria Montessori: Woman and the Method -- Introduction of the Method into the United States: 1912 - 1958 -- Criticisms of the Method: Answers to some common criticism -- Adaptability of the Method: Special education ; Culturally disadvantaged ; Behavior modifications ; Public schools ; In the home ; Federally funded programs -- Relevance of Montessori today and in the future -- Montessori's views of her work: First children's house ; Sources of inspiration ; Adult and the child ; Discovery of the child: Absorbent mind ; Normalization ; Observations of the child ; Child and work ; Sensitive periods ; Independence ; Obedience ; Liberty, Freedom and Order ; Movement and activity ; Method ; Prepared Environment: Children's house ; Teacher ; Materials and the lessons ; Practical applications of the theory: Sensory education ; Language ; Writing and reading ; Arithmetic ; Imagination and fantasy ; Art and music ; Physical education and nature -- On education and schools -- Appendixes: Familiar Montessori terms ; Classroom materials ; Comparison of Montessori and traditional pre-school education ; Choosing a Montessori school for your child ; Evolution of the Montessori community ; Montessori Informational sources: Organizations ; Other sources ; Materials ; Montessori Teacher Education Programs ; Research and the six-year study ; Selected bibliography ; Some highlights in the life of Maria Montessori.
Summary Provides an overview of the Montessori Method, examining basic philosophies, its educational adaptability, and Montessori's own views of her work. A young Italian woman named Maria Montessori developed theories about childhood education that have had widespread influence on teaching methods around the world. Since the remarkable success of Maria Montessori's first school ninety years ago, her theories have had a revolutionary influence on educational practices around the world, not only in avowed Montessori schools but also in learning programs of every type. In the United States alone there are thousands of schools dedicated to the Montessori Method, and there are many others that have incorporated much from her teachings. This newly revised and updated edition of the Essential Montessori will be welcomed by long term practitioners and newcomers to the method alike. Concise and readable, the book has been relied upon for almost two decades as the definitive guide to the writings of Maria Montessori and to the teaching and application of her ideas in today's educational arena, as well as being an indispensable sourcebook for teacher training programs, advice on choosing schools, materials needed for the classroom, and much more. The public school Montessorians says of the author: Her books on Montessori education almost certainly establish her as the most widely read interpreter of Montessori in the United States. Her writing is clear and accessible, unfettered by jargon. For those interested in the best education for their children, this volume fully lives up to its title. It has earned its place as the essential work on the subject. This revised edition of the authoritative work on the Montessori Method is a goldmine resource for programs and materials, an invaluable introductory for the newcomer and a fine general review for those already familiar with Montessori.
Subject Montessori, Maria, 1870-1952.
Montessori method of education.
Added Author Havis, Lee.
ISBN 0452277965 (pbk.)
9780452277960 (pbk.)
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