The Absorbent Mind

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Macmillan, 1995 - Education - 302 pages
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In response to the crisis in American education, more than five thousand public and private schools across the nation have adopted the timeless Montessori Method of teaching, of which this book is the cornerstone. Written by the women whose name is synonymous worldwide with child development theory, The Absorbent Mind takes its title from the phrase that the inspired Italian doctor coined to characterize the child's most crucial developmental stage: the first six years.

A new foreword by John Chattin-McNichols, Ph.D., President of the American Montessori Society, places this classic book in a contemporary context, offering an intelligent discussion of current thinking in child education.

 

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User Review  - dchaikin - LibraryThing

A tough read, especially a 120 page stretch in the middle (chapers 5-15). But, it has a special kind of complex elegance. Montessori puts forward her theories of education and the whole state of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ambivalenza - Goodreads

I know I will read this book again and again, and like a friend (teacher) said in her evaluation of this book; It is the bible of education. Worth reading and studying for anyone passionate about child development and teaching! Read full review

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Contents

The Childs Part in World Reconstruction
3
Education for Life
10
The Periods of Growth
18
The New Path
29
The Miracle of Creation
34
Embryology and Behavior
47
The Spiritual Embryo
60
The Childs Conquest of Independence
83
Further Elaboration Through Culture and Imagination
171
Character and its Defects in Childhood
192
The Childs Contribution to Society Normalization
201
Character Building is the Childs Own Achievement
208
Childrens Possessiveness and Its Transformations
216
Social Development
222
Cohesion in the Social Unit
232
Mistakes and Their Correction
244

The First Days of Life
97
Some Thoughts on Language
108
The Effect of Obstacles on Development
127
The Importance of Movement in General Development
136
Intelligence and the Hand
148
Development and Imitation
158
From Unconscious Creator to Conscious Worker
165
The Three Levels of Obedience
252
Discipline and the Teacher
263
The Teachers Perparation
276
Love and Its Source the Child
287
Index
297
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About the author (1995)

Maria Montessori, born in Italy in 1870, dedicated her life to learning how best to educate children—particularly the poorest, most challenged children—during their vulnerable beginnings. Today her legacy is evident worldwide. She died in the Netherlands in 1952.

John Chattin-McNichols, Ph.D., is the President of the American Montessori Society and Professor of Education at Seattle University. He is the author and editor of several books on Montessori education.

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