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Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook

Maria Montessori

Book Overview: 

This is the authoritative book written by Montessori to describe her methods. It gives an overview of the Montessori Method as developed for 3 to 6 year olds. It is a short work, intended as a manual for teachers and parents, detailing the materials used as well as her philosophy in developing them. "As a result of the widespread interest that has been taken in my method of child education, certain books have been issued, which may appear to the general reader to be authoritative expositions of the Montessori system. I wish to state definitely that the present work, the English translation of which has been authorized and approved by me, is the only authentic manual of the Montessori method ..." M. Montessori in the Preface

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Book Excerpt: 
. . ., better, other musical instruments, possibly harps of small dimensions, made especially for children, completes the equipment. In this “club-room” the teacher may sometimes entertain the children with stories, which will attract a circle of interested listeners.

The furniture of the dining-room consists, in addition to the tables, of low cupboards accessible to all the children, who can themselves put in their place and take away the crockery, spoons, knives and forks, table-cloth and napkins. The plates are always of china, and the tumblers and water-bottles of glass. Knives are always included in the table equipment.

The Dressing-room. Here each child has his own little cupboard or shelf. In the middle of the room there are very simple washstands, consisting of tables, on each of which stand a small basin, soap and nail-brush. Against the 14 wall stand little sinks with water-taps. Here the children may draw and pour away their water. . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Not really an engaging read, as the writing style felt a bit dry and even weird at some points. However the underlying ideas are undoubtedly interesting, by themselves and in relation to their historical context. It's a short book that can be read in an afternoon, so it's worth going over it, eve...more

Hugely insightful, and delivered in such an accessible way.
P.s. the huge read dates (Oct 19-Jan 20) is primarily because I took a month off of reading Montessori materials when I submitted my application of training!

Excellent book not only for those wishing to train as Montessori teachers, but for everyone curious about how does Montessori Method work, how the lessons were designed and the scienfic method behind all her design. Loved it!

“As a rule, however, we do not respect our children. We try to force the...more

This was a very interesting book. It gives an insight into Montessori’s ideas and teaching methods. The book had me convinced that her “scientific” methods being administered nowadays in preschools are a great base for education.

Excellent and helpful primer.

"Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook" is an abridged version of "The Montessori Method" with photographs. The photos aid in understanding Dr. Montessori's descriptions of the work done in classrooms with her method.

The brevity of this book is helpful, and recommended to read after "The Montessori Meth...more

Good overview of the Montessori Method of guiding children to learn, and observing them as they learn.

#2 in 2017

I really just picked this up on happenstance. I was moseying along the library shelves and saw it and thought, "huh."

Now I have two very different kids whom I love equally when they're both around and they ask. I have been very hands on with both of them at home before school and now with homewor...more

Dr. Montessori revolutionised the way children were educated in the late 19th and early 20th century. Her method involved both the 'physiological and psychical development of the child', divided into three parts:

Motor education
Sensory education

Her first innovation was to provide children...more

I've always been interested in Montessori. I really loved how it describes how to do lesson with the child and with specific examples.

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