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Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three Paperback – Jul 22 2003

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken; 1 edition (July 22 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805211128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805211122
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A major and timely contribution to the early childhood years—anecdotal, rich in insight and experience, practical and useful. This informed, careful, and intelligent response to the unfolding of personality will peak parents’ interest as they learn how to establish healthy, enjoyable, and sustaining relationships with their children. A must for parents-to-be, nannies, and care-givers.” —Virginia McHugh Goodwin, Executive Director, Association Montessori International, U.S.A.

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“A major and timely contribution to the early childhood years—anecdotal, rich in insight and experience, practical and useful. This informed, careful, and intelligent response to the unfolding of personality will peak parents’ interest as they learn how to establish healthy, enjoyable, and sustaining relationships with their children. A must for parents-to-be, nannies, and care-givers.” —Virginia McHugh Goodwin, Executive Director, Association Montessori International, U.S.A.

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This book could easily be condensed to less than half its size. It contains a few good Montessori ideas for the 3-and-under crowd when it comes to the basics - sleeping, eating, etc - but I still come away from the book wanting to know what to do with/for my child in the Montessori manner on a more daily basis. Half of the book is easily spent talking about the "child bed" and feeding table alone - and that info is spread all over the book. The writing is rather hap-hazard and rambling. I would have much prefered the book be arranged by age (ex: chapter 1: 0-6 months) then subcatagorized by subject, rather than by subject alone. The authors seem to be trying to interject Montessori theory into a book about hands-on practice, and the result is a jumbled mess.
I've learned much more about child psychological development and age-appropriate ideas from "The New First Three Years of Life" by Burton White. It is chronologically ordered, then each chapter is subcatagorized.
There's a few other Montessori books on Amazon I'm going to try instead, such as "Basic Montessori, Learning Activities for Under Fives", "Teaching Montessori in the Home, the Pre-School Years", and "Montessori Play and Learn."
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I bought this book to learn more age-appropriate montessori skills for my toddler. For that purpose, it is a good book.
The problems come when the authors start talking about Cry it out and abandoning small infants. Terrible advice, and has been decried by every expert in the field. They also attempt to tell breastfeeding mothers to never nurse an infant to sleep, and to go ahead and wean by 9 months (which is against aap guidelines of at least one year, and who guidelines of at least two years)
It seems these authors have taken the independence thing way too far. They should stick to advice on toddlers, since they obviously know nothi
ng about in
fants.
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This book was highly recommended to me by a Montessori teacher and mom I highly respect. She warned me that the book is a bit rigid as another reviewer noted. Other reviewers have also commented that it is not an easy book to pick up for a quick idea on WHAT to do. My friend suggested using the book as a way to understand HOW to do Montessori. It is NOT designed as an activity-suggestion book but did provide me with exactly what my friend told me it would: an understanding of what Montessori method is trying to achieve. As with any parenting book, I don't buy into every suggestion: both my friend and I feel carrying our children is important, and some of the views in this book are coloured with a very western anglosaxon view. It is also written in very stuffy language (I kept checking the publishing date, since it seems to be written in the 50s).

However, I highly recommend this book as giving a nice introduction to Montessori. It is fairly quick to read (I read it in little bits as my 6 month old falls asleep at nap time and got through it fast). Ignore the stuffiness, drop the rigidity, and look at the big picture of how it helps you provide a consistent, predictable world for your child and helps you meet your child's developmental urge to learn to do what he sees you do every day.

(One last note: this book makes me think about what it is I DO during the day --household daily activities are taking on a new and enjoyable importance. Monkey see monkey do so to speak!)
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This is the first Montessori book I read after hearing about it years ago. I expected to learn about the method, which I did, thanks to the book's clear writing and pragmatic choice of content. But quite unexpectedly, and more importantly so, it opens up a new horizon in my personal relation with children that is at once profound and practicable.
The Montessori method begins with acknowledging a child as a developing but incomplete individual. Being developing but incomplete, she needs help in facilitation rather than education in the conventional sense, which tends to be pre-packaged and indoctrinating. Being an individual, she is on a journey to adulthood that is her own, with an inner self to emerge and a will to grow. Her goal is a reflective person who knows her way and summons her will to walk in it. There is a properly spiritual dimension that appeals immediately to me. According to the authors who founded their own Montessori school over twenty years ago, "Montessori children" are known for their calmness and inner strength.
While the method normally applies to school-aged children, this book claims to be the first attempt to extend it to babies below three in the home context. I think the authors have succeeded in piecing together a coherent and convincing picture, from years of experience in the field, as well as their own families. (The second author is in fact daughter of the first who raised her in the Montessori manner.) The theory is well formulated and clearly presented, with detailed advice on practical matters such as helping babies to sleep, food, clothings, toilet, etc. that are derived from it. It therefore reads coherent and whole, unlike many other baby care books that tend to appear piecemeal and ad hoc.
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