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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK (Dec 18 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075662505X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756625054
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Pantley on Jan. 24 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked up a copy of How to Raise an Amazing Child - and I must say that it is an amazing book. It is a gem filled with important tips as well as a beautiful piece of art. I find myself leafing though it just to enjoy the photographs and the presentation. I love the practical and helpful ideas throughout, such as ideas on how to create a meaningful birthday celebration, how to encourage and teach helpfulness, and how to set up your child's world to encourage the enjoyment and learning of new skills. This is a worthwhile book for any parent to enjoy and learn from.

Elizabeth Pantley,

Author of The No-Cry Discipline Solution
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OhEsPee on Nov. 25 2014
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I bought this book as recommended by a Montessori site. I can't help but think Montessori is turning in her grave. If you're so lay that you need this book that is 90% useless photographs, 10% minimally informative text, then you need to reconsider Montessori for your child. I do not exaggerate when I say that one page out of Maria Montessori's Discovery of the Child or The Secret of Childhood would be of infinitely more value and can paint a single picture worth more than the hundreds of useless ones in this book. This book does not do Montessori justice in any way, shape or form.
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By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 14 2014
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Dozens of pictures of happy, focused children grace the pages of "How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way." Some show kids playing with simple, classic toys; others show young students learning and creating within thoughtfully organized, luminous classrooms. More well-behaved children dress themselves, prepare their own snacks and clear the table. Indeed, in his eye-catching book, Montessori Foundation president Tim Seldin offers guidance on bringing the principles of Montessori education into readers' homes.

The Montessori method emphasizes self-directed learning, practical life skills, and observation leading to adaptation. Environment also plays an important role, with natural materials promoting learning and a calm mind. But even parents who do not have kids enrolled in a Montessori school can learn much from this book. Simple activities such as creating a treasure basket of objects that appeal to different senses will promote exploration and interaction. Others suggest ways to incorporate math and reading into everyday life. Further strategies can help with toilet training, cleaning up, sharing and tantrums.

With inspiring thoughts and practical tips, Seldin shares the Montessori vision of raising a thoughtful child who will connect with others and do good in the world. He offers a list of manners and how to teach them: through careful language and a positive approach. Throughout, the Montessori parent learns to return to the basics and raise an amazing child with patience, understanding, praise and respect.
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I bought this book because it was one of the "suggestions" from Amazon. The book isn't bad, just not as hands-on or full of ideas, practical examples as other Montessori books I've read (i.e. Montessori from the Start - which I think is the best so far). I'd say it's a basic/general Montessori book for someone who is not familiar with this philosophy. The quality of the book (paper, binding, photos) is very nice. I will used it as a reference book to go back to when needed.
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133 of 135 people found the following review helpful
Good activity ideas May 2 2009
By Viva Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mr. Seldin happens to be the president of the Montessori Foundation, and so I suppose it should not be surprising that the book is essentially an infomercial on Montessori schools. But does that mean it's not worth reading?

Actually, no- the book does have value, even for (or maybe especially for) parents who don't intend to send their children to Montessori schools.

* Games and Activities: Seldin provides numerous examples of at-home educational activities and games you can play with your infant, toddler, and child up to age six. Plus, the book is replete with photographs of the activities Seldin describes, making it a visually enjoyable read. The activities listed are probably the single biggest reason I will keep this book instead of swapping it at a used bookstore- as my daughter gets older, I can see that it will be useful to refer back to it to get some fresh ideas.
* Ideas for Child's room: Seldin describes ways in which parents can "evolve" a child's room, and the whole house, to fit the child's needs as they get older. I am fairly new to the the Montessori philosophy, but I can tell you that I immediately saw a difference in my daughter's fussiness and tantrums when I started making the house more accessible to her (for instance, now I have a low cabinet with "her" kitchen items in it- she can go get a bowl by herself and fill it with some rye crackers and raisins when she is hungry- she LOVES this new independence).
* Discipline Advice: One chapter in a book probably isn't enough to overhaul a parent's disciplinary practices, but Seldin does provide a few useful tips on minimizing tantrums and teaching care and compassion.
* Appedix of Montessori Resources: This alone isn't enough to buy the book, but I did appreciate that Seldin devoted one page at the end of the book to compiling a list of various Montessori organizations, books, and suppliers of Montessori educational materials. (If you're curious, my favorite supplier currently is Montessori Services - they have lots of useful games, puzzles, furniture, housewares and other stuff for kids.)
I have other reviews on my blog, the Daily Citron.
69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful first Montessori Book May 8 2007
By H. Fierlinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am so happy that this book is available as it is one of the few Montessori books that has so many lovely photos. This book is for anyone interested in Montessori and has many easy and basic suggesions for setting up your home to be child friendly. Even if you do not intend to take your child to a Montessori school, you will be able to use this book at home for years and years. It has great birthday party suggestions which I have never seen in a Montessori book before. It is filled with great ideas.

This is not the book to get if you are looking for an introduction to Montessori schools. It is primarily geared toward the home.
72 of 84 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful and helpful Jan. 23 2007
By Elizabeth Pantley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked up a copy of How to Raise an Amazing Child - and I must say that it is an amazing book. It is a gem filled with important tips as well as a beautiful piece of art. I find myself leafing though it just to enjoy the photographs and the presentation. I love the practical and helpful ideas throughout, such as ideas on how to create a meaningful birthday celebration, how to encourage and teach helpfulness, and how to set up your child's world to encourage the enjoyment and learning of new skills. This is a worthwhile book for any parent to enjoy and learn from.

Elizabeth Pantley,

Author of The No-Cry Discipline Solution
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Compulsory reading for all parents March 3 2007
By S. Caldwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most useful books on child-rearing I have ever read. In many ways it is typical of DK - wonderful pictures and concise and relevant content. This makes it accessible to people unfamiliar with the Montessori approach. People more familiar with Montessori philosophy will recognise the authenticity of Tim Seldin's guidelines for parents. This book is an ideal gift for new parents and should be read by anyone who comes into contact with young children.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
good little home companion Oct. 27 2007
By newmother - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is no literary great, but a short and sweet little guide about montessori in the home. The photos are exquisite, a real joy in themselves. The ideas and activities in the book are more contemporary than some of the other montessori the in the home books around as well.


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