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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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“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.See all Product Description
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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."
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
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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!)
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.Read more ›
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I'm an AMI-trained Montessori teacher at the primary level and I often recommend this book to parents who have younger children or are expecting new additions to their families. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2010 by Ash B.
My husband and I read this book in order to get some ideas to prepare our son for his entry into the toddler program at a local Montessori school. Read morePublished on June 4 2009 by Julie D. Brown
This book is poorly organized, woodenly written, and does not offer easy-to-use guidelines for daily practice of Montessori principles. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Rebecca Sanders
Having been recently introduced to Maria Montessori and her discoveries on child development, I am absolutely fascinated by her theories. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003
I first bought this book because I was pregnant with my first child, and interested in knowing how to implement Montessori training from birth. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2003 by shine
I am practicing many Montessori principles with my children (aged 0-3). I do believe they are happier, more confident, more compassionate, and overall more prepared for a... Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2003
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