Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook; A Short Guide to Her Ideas and Materials

Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook; A Short Guide to Her Ideas and Materials

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Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook; A Short Guide to Her Ideas and Materials by Maria Montessori

This is the book that Maria Montesorri wrote in response to requests from thousands of American parents and teachers. A short, illustrated guide to the use of the Montessori classroom materials, it shows how to set up a “children’s house”—an environment for learning where children can be their own masters, free to learn at their own pace.
 
Frames for lacing and buttoning, geometrical wooden inserts, sound cylinders, sandpapers letters, colored numerical rods: these are familiar features of any Montesorri classroom, whether in the pioneering days or today. Dr. Montesorri explains how to use these materials with preschool children to stimulate their powers of observation, recognition, judgment, and classification.
 
These self-correcting learning tools are the original “teaching machines” for young children. Inherently logical and aesthetically pleasing, they were designed to hone the child’s visual, auditory, and tactile perceptions. Dr. Montesorri stresses that each child approaches the apparatus differently. The role of the adult, whether teacher or parent, is to let the child experiment, perceive his own mistakes, and run his own risks in learning.

(With black-and white illustrations throughout.)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805209211
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1988
Series: Basic Montessori Library Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 314,668
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Dr. MARIA MONTESSORI was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator, acclaimed for her educational method that builds on the way children naturally learn.

Table of Contents

Introduction9
Preface25
Introductory Remarks29
A "Children's House"37
The Method49
Didactic Material for the Education of the Senses50
Didactic Material for the Preparation for Writing and Arithmetic51
Motor Education52
Sensory Education65
Language and Knowledge of the World123
Freedom131
Writing134
Exercises for the Management of the Instrument of Writing140
Exercises for the Writing of Alphabetical Signs148
The Reading of Music158
Arithmetic164
Moral Factors182

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