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Recommended Reading

Here are some great books that will provide more insight in to the origin of the Montessori Philosophy:

  • Lillard, Paula P. (1996). Montessori Today. New York: Random House. Order through NAMTA or from your local bookstore. ISBN 0-8052-1061-X, 207 pages, bibliography, index. Describes Montessori theory and contemporary American Montessori schools serving ages ranging from birth to adulthood.
  • Lillard, Paula P.; Jessen, Lynn L. (2003). Montessori from the Start. New York: Schocken. Order through NAMTA or from your local bookstore. ISBN 0805211128. 304 pages. What parents can do to help their youngest children in the process of self-formation.
  • Montessori, Maria. (1948). To Educate the Human Potential. Madras, India: Kalakshetra Publications. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA. Describes the needs of the elementary-aged child in the process of acquiring culture.
  • Montessori, Maria. (1949). The Absorbent Mind. Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA. U.S. edition can be ordered online through Amazon.com. Discusses the development of infants and young children from birth to three years. Gives a clear explanation of the basis of Montessori theory and method.
  • Montessori, Maria. (1956). The Child in the Family. Chicago: Henry Regnery. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA. A series of short essays about the child, the family, and the school, with a philosophical emphasis.
  • Montessori, Maria. (1973). From Childhood to Adolescence. New York: Schocken. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA. Discusses the development and education of the child from age seven through adolescence. Includes Dr. Montessori’s thoughts on university education.
  • Standing, E. M. (1957). Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work. London: Hollis and Carter. Order through NAMTA. Covers Maria Montessori’s life, how she developed Montessori education, its theoretical basis, and the worldwide growth of the Montessori movement.
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