Books By Maria Montessori

My top picks for Montessori, homeschool, and parenting books, and more!I'm Lisa Nolan, the Montessori teacher and mom, with my son at a local farm.

Books by Dr. Maria Montessori: New, used, most popular, recommended, rare and hard to find... Buy it new at Nienhuis  or  buy used on Amazon.

The Absorbent Mind"Most popular!"
"An analysis of the physical and psychological aspects of a child's growth during the most significant  period of life. Dr. Montessori  illustrates the unique mental powers of young children which enable them to construct and establish all the aspects of human personality."--Nienhuis Books & Publications 
"More than five thousand public and private schools across the nation have adopted the timeless Montessori approach to education, of which this book is the cornerstone.The Absorbant Mind takes its title from the phrase that  [Dr. Montessori] coined to characterize the child's most crucial development stage, the first six years of [human] life." (Child of the World, 2002-2003 edition, a Michael Olaf company.) 
"This book is wonderful for the people who are going into the field of Montessori education, actually it is on the required list of any teacher training program, and in there lays the misunderstanding. One must read this book to understand Dr. Montessori's philosophy of education.... [as] an indepth study of Montessori's essence and history." ( customer review.)

Spontaneous Activity In Education: The Advanced Montessori Method I
Montessori Elementary Materials: The Advanced Montessori Method II
"This work on scientific pedadogy comes in 2 volumes. The first volume entitled Spontaneous Activity In Education: The Advanced Montessori Method begins with a survey of the inner and outer life of the child, and emphasizes the importance of the prepared environment in education. The second volume is entitled The Montessori Elementary Materials. The 2 volumes discuss the application of the Montessori principles in the education of older children, between 7 and 11 years of age."

Advanced Montessori Method-Vol. 1 (7-11 yrs.): Her Program for Educating Elementary School (Clio series)
"Maria Montessori presents her educational philosophy and methods as they relate to children from ages seven to eleven. She stresses the importance of the prepared environment and asserts that nothing should be imposed on the child['s will]."--Nienhuis Books & Publications

Advanced Montessori Method-Vol. 2: Materials or Educating Elementary School (Clio series)
"This book introduces the reader to the materials and techniques Dr. Montessori devised for teaching older children. In seven separate sections, she applies her unique materials to the teaching of grammar, reading, math, geometry, art, music, and poetic metrics."--Nienhuis Books & Publications

The Child in the Family
"Dr. Montessori discusses some of her basic principles of education and shows why it is important for adults to 'follow attentively all the spiritual expressions of a child.'"--Nienhuis Books & Publications

The Discovery of the Child
"Maria Montessori describes the nature of the child and her method. She believes that once the general principles of her method have been grasped, the parts dealing with its material application are extremely simple."--Nienhuis Books & Publications 
Book Description
"Maria Montessori went beyond the conventions of the day to seek a new way of knowing and loving a child. In THE DISCOVERY OF THE CHILD, she describes the nature of the child and her method of working more fully with the child's urge to learn. With 16 pages of photographs." ( editorial review.) 
"This is a very good introduction to Dr Maria Montessori's teachings and ideas. It gives an account of how she derived many of her methods and the materials she used. The book is filled with details and interesting encounters with her little charges which makes her an endearing educator." ( customer review.)
  • Publisher: Amereon Ltd; (December 1976); hardcover edition buy used on Amazon.
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; (December 1989); paperback buy used on Amazon.
  • Mass Market Paperback Publisher: Ballantine Books; (April 1979); paperback buy used on Amazon.

Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook
"Dr. Montessori's notes as to the use and intent of Montessori curriculum tools."--Nienhuis Books & Publications 
Book Description
"A short, illustrated guide to the use of Montessori classroom materials. Describes how to set up a '"children's house"'--an environment for learning where children can be their own masters."  ( editorial review.) Highlights basic teaching methods and apparatus. This short book is like an Army basic training manual. Montessori teaching methods are described in  detail, like recipes in a cookbook.... The systematic order achieved by the method is described as desirable while too much variety and child/teacher interaction is regarded as  undesirable. The book warns that over-stimulating a child's imagination could cause him or her to miss the purpose of the lessons (tell that to Barney). The author's works have a ring of truth throughout and are valuable because of the spirit they convey even today."  ( customer review.)

Education and Peace
"A collection of speeches revealing [Maria Montessori's] conviction for peace to be obtained by means of education. Her starting point is her conviction that the child must be our teacher, moving on to consider the problems of human development. "--Nienhuis Books& Publications

Education for a New World (The Clio Montessori Series)
"The psychic life in the new-born has already aroused great interest. The conclusion of research is that the first two years of life are the most important. So here begins a new path, wherein it will not be the professor [the teacher] who teaches the child but the child who teaches the professor [the teacher]."--Nienhuis Books & Publications "At less than 100 pages, this book is easy to take in, while still containing fundamental principles of Montessori's theory of education, especially as relevant to 3- to 6-year-olds. The writing is engaging, not academic. I can easily recommend it to be the first or only book by Dr. Montessori for the parent of a toddler to read."--Reviewer: Brad S. Williams (Portland, OR USA)

The Formation of Man (The Clio Montessori Series)
"In this book,Dr. Montessori urges adults towards an understanding of the laws of growth, and pleads for a reshaping of the educational system that is ironically prejudiced against the child. First printed in 1955, the book includes a chapter on world illiteracy, as it is a problem of grave magnitude, even today."

From Childhood to Adolescence Including 'Erkinder' and the Functions of the Universe
"Essays on the educational concerns of the child from age seven [to] the adolescent, and even the mature university student. [Maria Montessori] considers each level and seeks optimum method of facilitating growth."--Nienhuis Books & Publications

Look at the Child: An Expression of Maria Montessori's Insights
"This beautifully illustrated and written book embodies the true essence of Maria Montessori's teachings. It is a must read for anyone contemplating parenthood or currently raising young children. This book was written by Aline D. Wolf."--Reviewed by Yvonne Yeomanson  "Kids don't come with instruction books, and while there are so many filled over the brim with great information and ideas for parents, none equals this gem. The photographs capture the essence of respect for a child's individuality. One thought accompanies each photo, communicating the essence of Montessori philosophy. This book is profound in its simplicity, inspiring readers how to respectfully provide for the child." ( customer review.)

Mass Explained to Children
"A most valuable book! Every conceivable element of the traditional Mass unfolds before the eyes of children 8 to 15 in this masterpiece. The author: famed educator Maria Montessori. She employs abundant illustrations (36). Hundreds of children s questions -- and not only children s questions -- are answered. The book lends itself to reading to smaller children, but is geared to 8 to 15 year olds. It is narrative, not storytelling, not condescending."--Product Description

The Montessori Method
"Three major articles by Maria Montessori, with appendices. '"The Child,"' '"Reconstruction in Education,"' and "'Peace and Education.'"--Nienhuis Books & Publications 
Book Description
"This book is Montessori's own exposition of the theory behind her innovative educational techniques. She shows parents, teachers and administrators how to "free a child to learn through his own efforts." ( editorial review.)
 "A classic work on child pedagogy. 
"Here, Maria Montessori introduces a scientific approach to pedagogy. The Montessori schools  which she established and developed are intended for children three to seven years of age. The children are allowed as much freedom as possible and are provided with "didactic materials" which are various artifacts which they can use to educate themselves. They are supervised by a single directress whose primary task is to observe the children and direct their efforts by explaining to them how various didactic materials are used (it's very simple, but nothing is obvious to a young child). This book offers some valuable concete advice, but its primary use to me was as an introduction to  the approach of scientific pedagogy. The basic premises as I understand them are that (1) children have a natural desire to learn and (2) one can learn how to live in freedom and only by being free. These premises are fully supported and fleshed out in the book. The Montessori method achieved startling results, with four year old children (on average) learning to be masters of themselves, disciplined, benevolent, self-confident, and capable of reading and writing. Every educator should  be familiar with Maria Montessori's work."--Vladimir Kornea  ( customer review.) More...

The Secret of Childhood "Most popular!"
"The child has a spontaneous urge to learn! An understanding of this simple secret led to the development of what we know of as the Montessori method. Here are thoughts on the newborn, free choice, rewards and punishments, discipline, deviations from normal behavior, [and] the conflict between the adult and the child. Also [included is] a discussion of the array of materials and techniques needed to release the learning potential of the child." (Child of the World, 2002-2003 edition, a Michael Olaf company.) "Maria Montessori describes the child with warmth and the exactness of a scientist. She also discusses the array of materials and techniques needed to release his learning potential." ( editorial review.)
"This is an important work because it highlights what is wrong with common trends in parenting. You  learn that the parent is there to foster a positive environment in which a child can thrive. It is not complicated. The child will show you what they need and when they need it. This book helps you to recognize what the child's needs are, but from the child's perspective. I found it to be a breath of fresh air and wished my parents had read it." ( customer review.) More...

Spontaneous Activity in Education (The Advanced Montessori Method)
"Maria Montessori presents her educational philosophy and methods as they relate to children from ages seven to eleven. She stresses the importance of the prepared environment and asserts that nothing should be imposed on the child['s will]."--Nienhuis Books & Publications

To Educate the Human Potential (The Clio Montessori Series)
"The introduction explains that this book is meant to follow Education for a New World, and it '"helps teachers envisage the child's needs after age six."' This book is part theory, part history, covering the psychology of the elementary-aged child, the history of life on earth, and some highlights and principles of the development of civilization..."--Reviewer: Brad S. Williams (Portland, OR USA) 

What You Should Know About Your Child (The Clio Montessori Series)
"A valuable guide for parents, this book is based on the lectures delivered by Dr. Montessori. It simplifies her great educational principles, and brings them within easy reach of the layperson."

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