A Montessori Mother

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H. Holt, 1912 - Education - 240 pages
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Detailed and vivid description of events, like when the author first visit Montessori Children House in Italy. Fun read to see reactions of a mother completely foreign to the idea of Montessori education.

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Great insight into the beginnings of the Montessori method...written only 5 years after Maria Montessori established her first school, it gives an American Mother's perspective on what she saw when visiting Rome. Very well written, with compelling arguments for adapting Montessori's ideas. I recommend this book to everyone interested in the topic- I've read a lot of Montessori books, but nothing like this. A whole new perspective! 




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Page 241 - A thoroly competent author who has been most closely associated with Dr. Montessori tells just what American mothers want to know about this new system of child training — the general principles underlying it ; a plain description of the apparatus, definite directions for its use, suggestive hints as to American substitutes and additions, etc., etc. (Helpfully illustrated. $1.25 net, by mail $1.35.) MAKING A BUSINESS WOMAN.
Page 242 - We know copies of the work to which their young owners turn instantly for information upon every theme about which they have questions to ask. More than this, we know that some of these copies are read daily, as well as consulted; that their owners turn the leaves as they might those of a fairy-book, reading intently articles of which they had not thought before seeing them, and treating the book simply as one capable of furnishing the rarest entertainment in exhaustless quantities.
Page 49 - ... else. He must do it himself or it is never done. The learner must do his own learning, and this granted, it follows naturally that the less he is interfered with by arbitrary restraint and vexatious, unnecessary rules, the more quickly, easily and spontaneously he will learn.
Page 241 - Shannon Monroe A young woman whose business assets are good sense, good health, and the ability to use a typewriter goes to Chicago to earn her living. This story depicts her experiences vividly and truthfully, tho the characters are fictitious. ($1.30 net, by mail $1.40.) WHY WOMEN ARE SO. By Mary R. Coolidge Explains and traces the development of the woman of 1800 into the woman of to-day. ($1.50 net, by mail $1.62.) THE SQUIRREL-CAGE. By Dorothy Canneld A novel recounting the struggle of an American...
Page 194 - THE LAST WISH SINCE all that I can ever do for thee Is to do nothing, this my prayer must be : That thou mayst never guess nor ever see The all-endured this nothing-done costs me.
Page 133 - ... without feeling the general effects of it in the form of moral inferiority. We often believe ourselves to be independent simply because no one commands us, and because we command others; but the nobleman who needs to call a servant to his aid is really a dependent through his own inferiority. The paralytic who cannot take off his boots because of a pathological fact, and the prince who dare not take them off because of a social fact, are in reality reduced to the same condition.
Page 156 - ... barriers of natural respect, so that each man shall feel the world is his, and man shall treat with man as a sovereign state with a sovereign state — tends to true union as well as greatness. "I learned...
Page 108 - tain't nothin" to him whether shirtwaists are smooth or wrinkled, so he couldn't have taken no satisfaction in bein' mischievous. Seem's though he was wantin" to fold up things, without really sensin' what he was doin' it with. He's seen me fold things up. There's other things than shirtwaists he could fold, that wouldn't do no harm for him to fuss with." And I set the iron down and took a dish towel out'n the basket and says to him, where he set cryin', "Here, Buddy, here's somethin
Page 108 - observed " the child, to use the Montessori phrase; she put out of her mind with a conscious effort her natural, extreme irritation at having the work of hours destroyed in minutes, and she turned her quick mind to an analysis of the child's action, as acute and sound as any the Roman psychologist has ever made. Not that she was in the least conscious of going through this elaborate mental process. Her own simple narration of what followed, runs : " I snatched 'em away from him and I was as mad...
Page 10 - I noticed it for the first time, there seemed no one there to push the children or to refrain from doing it. That collection of little tots, most of them too busy over their mysterious occupations even to talk, seemed, as far as a casual glance over the room went, entirely without supervision. Finally, from a corner, where she had been sitting (on the floor apparently) beside a child, there rose up a...

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