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.
The Montessori method of education has expanded over the past decades, moving beyond its early focus on preschool education to the elementary and secondary levels. But how would Maria Montessori have advised the parents of children through age three? The authors, cofounders of a Montessori school in Lake Bluff, IL, here present practical information based on workshops they have created for such parents. Following an overview of Montessori's life and work that includes insights into the pedagogical foundations of her methods, they detail the preparation of a home environment that will facilitate a child's developmental growth. Parents who embrace Montessori's approach will find this a marvelous guide to child rearing, and prospective teachers wishing to gain insights into the Montessori method will value it as a clear and concise introduction. Highly recommended for public libraries with parenting collections and for academic libraries supporting child development or teacher education programs.-Jean Caspers, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, OR Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.