The Universal Child
The Universal Child: Guided by Nature
by Susan Stephenson
International Montessori advocate, AMI diploma holder at the 0–3, 3–6, and 6–12 levels, artist and author, Susan Mayclin Stephenson, shares what she has learned and taught in her travels including observations from the USA, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sweden, and Russia. Experiences from a lifetime of Montessori work and some insights into childhood and the universal child. Susan prepared and presented the foundations for this book at the 2013 International Montessori Congress in Portland, Oregon.
There are 56 pages, 150 colored illustrations.
About the Author
Susan Stephenson holds AMI diplomas at the 0–3, 3–6, and 6–12 levels, and shares in her writing some of what she has learned and taught in her travels in the USA, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sweden, and Russia. You can learn more about her at her website: www.susanart.net
Part 1: THE NEEDS AND TENDENCIES OF THE UNIVERSAL CHILD: exploration; movement; work, maximum effort, perfection; concentration; self-control
Part 2: HOW TO SHARE MONTESSORI WITH THE WORLD: finding out what Montessori means; researching a culture in preparation for sharing Montessori; explaining Montessori;
mentoring a new Montessori teacher
Part 3: THE UNIVERSAL CHILD GROWS UP
Part 4: WE ARE GUIDED BY NATURE
Praise for The Universal Child
"Susan Stephenson carries Dr Montessori's vision of education for peace forward with this lovely, simple book about what we can all recognize as universal in our make-up as human beings. Those things that ought to (and can) bring us to a place of great respect for children through positive, intelligent engagement with them the world over."
-Gioconda Bellonci, Montessori educator.
"My friends who do not go to a Montessori school are always asking me what the difference between their school and mine is. Or they ask me to explain what a Montessori school is. After reading this book I think I can tell them."
—12-year-old Montessori student