Montessori at MVM Thursday 5/26/16
Deepening Our Collective Understanding
Dear MVM Families,
Below are many of the books Maria Montessori has authored or contributed to. The best place to learn more about Montessori is by reading her own words--nothing beats the original!
In some cases, we were able to locate free ebooks and have included the link to these texts.
Montessori has over two dozen texts and speeches that have been published and are worth reading...and reading again.
The Discovery of the Child
The Absorbent Mind
The Secret of Childhood
Man builds himself through working. Nothing can take the place of work, neither physical well-being nor affection, and, on the other hand, deviations cannot be corrected by either punishment or example. Man builds himself through working, working with his hands, but using his hands as the instruments of his ego, the organ of his individual mind and will, which shapes its own existence face to face with its environment. The child's instinct confirms the fact that work is an inherent tendency in human nature; it is the characteristic instinct of the human race."
Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook
From Childhood to Adolscence
Education and Peace
Spontaneous Activity in Education
But what is the usual method with young children? We all interrupt them without compunction or consideration, in the manner of masters to slaves who have no human rights. To show "consideration" to young children as to adults would even seem ridiculous to many persons.
And yet with what severity do we enjoin children "not to interrupt" us! If the little one is doing something, eating by himself, for instance, some adult comes and feeds him; if he is trying to fasten an overall, some adult hastens to dress him; every one substitutes an alien action to his, brutally, without the smallest consideration. And yet we ourselves are very sensitive as to our rights in our own work; it offends us if any one attempts to supplant us..."
Montessori Elementary Material
The Advanced Montessori Method
"The vision of the teacher should be at once precise like that of the scientist, and spiritual like that of the saint. The preparation for science and the preparation for sanctity should form a new soul, for the attitude of the teacher should be at once positive, scientific and spiritual.
Positive and scientific, because she has an exact task to perform, and it is necessary that she should put herself into immediate relation with the truth by means of rigorous observation...
Spiritual, because it is to man that his powers of observation are to be applied, and because the characteristics of the creature who is to be his particular subject of observation are spiritual."