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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken (Jan. 30 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080521061X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805210613
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lillard (Montessori: A Modern Approach) brings over a decade of experience as a Montessori teacher and administrator to this overview of Maria Montessori's teaching methods which, says Lillard, "balance freedom with responsibility in the classroom and also set high standards of intellectual and social development for children. Lillard uses graphs to explain the fundamental difference between "regular" education and Montessori, showing that regular education offers an ascending, relentless scale of information and responsibility while virtually ignoring the pivotal years between birth and Kindergarten. She contrasts this with Montessori which considers the ages from birth through 24 years, and within those argues that there will be four periods of "intense change" in the child as well as four periods of "slower pace." Lillard, co-founder, director and teacher atthe Forest Bluff School in Lake Bluff, Illinois, draws heavily upon classroom anecdotes and examples, bringing these theories to life by discussing real children and their very real imaginations, words and artowrk. Teachers of "regular" classrooms would gain insight from Lillard's ideas; any adult interested in children and education would find this book an important link between the ideal of liberal education and the reality of the United States' collapsing school system.
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Lillard, author of Montessori: A Modern Approach (1988) and cofounder of a respected Montessori school in Lake Bluff, Illinois, describes the Montessori approach and sketches its application from preschool through early adulthood in this short but thorough volume. After a brief discussion of the origin and implications of Montessori's theories about child development, the author surveys the primary years and the stories and lessons that are most appropriate to this stage of development; analyzes the elementary classroom and teacher from both theoretical and practical perspectives, complete with anecdotes from her own and other Montessori teachers' experiences; and moves into less familiar territory to describe the impact of Montessori's theories on education at the middle school, secondary school, and college levels. Montessori Today will be a useful tool for parents analyzing educational alternatives as well as for students who may be thinking about a career in education. Mary Carroll

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 4 2002
Format: Paperback
Three years ago - I was scrambling for alternatives to public schools and I NEEDED to know what a Montessori shool was all about. I read Maria Montessori's book and that explained her goals and her methods in a highly abstract manner - it left me at a loss of how a Montessori class was conducted, how it operated day-to-day. In other words, I understood the theory, but I could not visualize the application.

This book explained the practical application should look like - ie:
1. what a Montessori class should look like when you're observing.
2. What/How your child will be guided on a day-to-day basis.
3. How to track his or her progress in the absence of a report card, etc.
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Having been educated from the age of 3 - 5 years in a Montessori and having only good memories of those years - I always believed my children would go to Montessori. However not having any knowledge of what Montessori is like after the age of 5 I decided to carry out some research and bought this book.

It was an excellent and easy read. Though it is close to 200 pages in length, I read the entire book in two days. The information was well laid out and written in an easy to read manner. Further the writer though a Montessori teacher herself is not biased and has given a very clear and objective picture of what the Montessori philosophy and method is all about, what parents should look for when choosing a Montessori for their children and most of all what they can expect from a Montessori educated child.

As one of the reviewers has stated this is not a handbook for teachers but rather a book for parents to gain a thorough understanding of the Montessori Method. Since its not a resource for teachers it does not tell you the "How" but rather gives you a detailed description of the "What", "Where" and "When" of Montessori education. The writer does cover the "How" very briefly and it is sufficient for a parent to gain an understanding of the simple, yet very effective and revolutionary method of teaching.

The reason I gave the book a 4 star rating instead of 5 stars is because I felt the book should have given a more detailed description of the Montessori High School (Ages 12 - 18). It is true Dr. Montessori died before she completed this stage of the method - however she had carried out the research and designed the initial framework for this age group and today in US and Canada you find many Montessori Schools that have classes up to grade 12.
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By A Customer on Aug. 9 1996
Format: Paperback
Montessori Today is one of the best books I have read regarding how a Montessori elementary school educates its students. It answers alot of questions regarding the content of the elementary program and how it works. It gives parents who are considering or who have children in the elementary Montessori school a very good synopsis of what is covered. I feel that Paula Lillard has a special gift in being able to write a book that is so easy to understand. It makes you want the very best for your child or children and it gives parents a wonderful tool to use to help them evaluate and improve their child's education. It is also extremely helpful, I think, for the Montessori educator. It gives a clear overview of the elementary program and can help them better inform their student's parents about the Montessori program. Overall, I feel that it was a well-timed and well written book. It is very much needed
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This book was extremely informative on what you should expect from your montessori school for your children over age 6 (it also described before age 6 but there are many books on the 3-6 age group for Montessori). I have found it very difficult(until this book) to find out what the montessori education has to offer over traditional education after age six. Boy was I blown over at the difference between the Montessori theory/practice over the traditional form of schooling. It seems almost cruel to ever put your child in traditional public schools that still teach children to take a submissive role. I urge everyone to please read this book. Learn about the Five Major Lessons and the positive,cooperative, interactive approach to education/life.
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