Montessori Today: A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood Paperback – Jan 30 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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 CarrollSee all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Fabulous book explaining Montessori (especially Elementary level--the only book to do so in clear
terms. Excellent for parents considering Montessori
As a graduate student Of Montessori education at Xavier University, I have had to read MANY books by and about Maria Montessori. Lillard's book is the worst of them. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2001