The Montessori Method: Scientific Pedagogy as Applied to Child Education in "The Children's Houses" : with Additions and Revisions by the Author

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Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1912 - Dummies (Bookselling) - 377 pages
"This book is an English translation of the Italian edition of Maria Montessori's "Il Metodo della Pedagogia Scientifica applicato all' educazione infantile nelle Case dei Bambini." The educational method for children of from three to six years set forth here is but the earnest of a work that, developing the same principle and method, shall cover in a like manner the successive stages of education"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).

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The Montessori Method allows children to realize their instinctive drive towards self-realization. It fosters initiative, self-esteem and the joy of learning (where education becomes a support to the inner life of human beings).

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I love this book!
Since it was written in the early 1900s, the use of language is different from what we are used to, but it still chronicles the thought processes and discoveries during a
revolutionary period of scientific discovery.
If you hold this book in one hand, and our most recent discoveries in cognitive science in the other --you will see that they say exactly the same thing. Dr. Maria Montessori was so ahead of her time that few others fully understood what she was proposing.
If you enjoy studying primary sources, then this book if for you.


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Page 35 - The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones. " And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
Page 35 - Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones ; behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live ; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
Page 36 - Then said He unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, Prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God ; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
Page 36 - Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
Page 82 - We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined. We call an individual disciplined when he is master of himself, and can, therefore, regulate his own conduct when it shall be necessary to follow some rule of life.
Page 35 - Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
Page 35 - So I prophesied as I was commanded : and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above : but there was no breath in them.
Page 169 - The education of the senses has, as its aim, the refinement of the differential perception of stimuli by means of repeated exercises.
Page 27 - I became interested in the idiot children who were at that time housed in the general insane asylums. In those days thyroid organotherapy was in full development, and this drew the attention of physicians to deficient children. I myself, having completed my regular hospital services, had already turned my attention to the study of children's diseases. It was thus that, being interested in the idiot children. I became conversant with the special method of education devised for these unhappy little...
Page 163 - We do not start from the conclusions of experimental psychology. That is, it is not the knowledge of the average sense conditions according to the age of the child which leads us to determine the educational applications we shall make. We start essentially from a method, and it is probable that psychology will be able to draw its conclusions from pedagogy so understood, and not vice versa. The method used by me is that of making a pedagogical experiment with a didactic object and awaiting the spontaneous...

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