Montessori for Adults
What is authentic Montessori? Read these books to discover not only exactly what Maria was talking about but also how that translates into todays world both at home and at school.
For parents, start with Montessori Speaks to Parents for transcripts of the lectures Dr. Montessori gave to parents during courses and congresses. For camaraderie along the Montessori parenting path, read Trevor Eissler's Montessori Madness, a funny and poignant tale about the transformation brought about by one family's discovery of Montessori education.
For more on the pedagogy within the classroom, dive right into The London Lectures, taken straight from Dr. Montessori's teacher training course in 1946, just six years before her death. Then, dig into Muriel Dwyer's Path for the Exploration of Any Language. Get detailed lesson plans and background information for the Cultural area in The Red Corolla. For the big picture of Montessori's essential teachings, read her core collection of writings in Citizen of the World.
For more on bringing the method alive both in the classroom and in the greater world, tuck into Susan Stephenson's lovely books for infancy (Joyful Child), preschool and elementary (Child of the World), and all ages (Universal Child). Then, for an unexpected view, check out No Check Mate to see how the pedagogy plays out in the classic game of strategy. And don't miss out on her classic Montessori and Mindfulness.
If you want to go the teacher training route, all of the following titles are required reading in many Montessori teacher training courses:
- The London Lectures
- The Montessori Approach to Music
- The Formation of Man
- What You Should Know About Your Child
Education for a New World
- The Child, Society & the World
- The Child in the Family
Then, explore our Learning Center (see link in menu above) for a host of worthy videos and links.