Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three

Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three

by Paula Polk Lillard, Lynn Lillard Jessen
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Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three by Paula Polk Lillard, Lynn Lillard Jessen

What can parents do to help their youngest children in their task of self-formation? How does the Montessori method of hands-on learning and self-discovery relate to the youngest infants? This authoritative and accessible book answers these and many other questions. Based on Dr. Maria Montessori's instructions for raising infants, its comprehensive exploration of the first three years incorporates the furnishings and tools she created for the care and comfort of babies. From the design of the baby's bedroom to the child-sized kitchen table, from diet and food preparation to clothing and movement, the authors provide guidance for the establishment of a beautiful and serviceable environment for babies and very young children. They introduce concepts and tasks, taking into account childrens' ''sensitive periods'' for learning such skills as dressing themselves, food preparation, and toilet training. Brimming with anecdote and encouragement, and written in a clear, engaging style, Montessori from the Start is a practical and useful guide to raising calm, competent, and confident children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307558039
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 278,809
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Paula Polk Lillard and her daughter, Lynn Lillard Jessen, cofounded the Forest Bluff School in Lake Bluff, Illinois, a Montessori school for children through the eighth grade. Paula is the principal of the school, and she and Lynn teach the parent child course, a workshop for parents on the Montessori approach for children from birth to age three. They live in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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Montessori from the Start : The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really helped me work many Montessorian principles into our daily life. Lots of ideas of how to set up your home and activities that are great for parent and child. The only reason I can't give it 5 stars is that, at times, I felt a little left out. My dd didn't walk at 12 months (more like 15 months) and in some ways the book made me feel that was my fault somehow (that I did too much for her or didn't challenge her enough). Maybe I'm over-sensitive. Toward the end of the book the author's say that not all of the ideas will work for everyone and basically sometimes you have to pick and choose so that made me feel less 'left out'. She's been walking a long time now and I'm going to reread it for her new stages of development as we approach 2. So, in a nutshell, the book was useful and I will refer to it as my child goes through various stages of development.
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