Spontaneous activity in education

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Schocken Books, 1917 - Education - 355 pages

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This is one of her best books. Definitely not for the Montessori novice, but for the experienced Montessori teacher or student, this book reaches levels of your soul that you have only ever dreamt of. Insights, studies, antidotes, science, just about everything.


The liberty accorded the child of today is purely physical
How we receive the infants that come into the world
With man the life of the body depends on the life of

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Maria Montessori, an Italian educator who was the first woman doctor granted a degree in Italy, has been well known in the field of childhood education since the early 1900s. Dissatisfied with the educational methods of her time, she developed her own theories in systematic fashion. The Montessori Method, as it became known, allows each child to develop at his or her own pace through the manipulation of materials. The teacher's role is to provide the materials and then act as a supervisor and a guide. This and other concepts of hers have had considerable influence on modern education. Montessori first worked with retarded children, then classified as "untrainable," most of whom she succeeded in teaching to read and write. She established a number of Houses of Children in Italy devoted to providing new opportunities for underprivileged children. Recent U.S. efforts in this direction have led to a strong revival of interest in her work, and Montessori's methods also have been expanded to children beyond the preschool years.