Bringing Montessori to America tells the little known story of the collaboration and clash between the indomitable educator Maria Montessori and the American publisher S. S. McClure over the launch of Montessori education in the United States.
This book traces the early history of the Montessori movement in the United States through the lives and careers of four key American women: Anne George, Margaret Naumburg, Helen Parkhurst, and Adelia Pyle. Caught up in the Montessori craze sweeping the United States in the Progressive era, each played a significant role in the initial transference of Montessori education to America and its implementation from 1910 to 1920. Despite the continuing international recognition of Maria Montessori and the presence of Montessori schools world-wide, Montessori receives only cursory mention in the history of education, especially by recognized historians in the field and in courses in professional education and teacher preparation. The authors, in seeking to fill this historical void, integrate institutional history with analysis of the interplay and tensions between these four women to tell this educational story in an interesting—and often dramatic—way.
Understanding the Montessori Approach is a much-needed source of information for those wishing to extend and consolidate their understanding of the Montessori Approach and how it is used in the teaching and learning of young children. The book will enable the reader to analyse the essential elements of this Approach to early childhood and and its relationship to quality early years practice. This second edition has been fully updated to reflect changes in the Early Years Foundation Stage and includes a fresh examination of the relationship between technology and the Montessori approach, as well as a brand new chapter, Learning in Montessori Settings. Exploring all areas of the curriculum including the organisation of Montessori schools, the environment, learning and teaching and the outcomes for children, this book: examines the historical context of the Montessori approach and its relevance to modern-day education; explores Montessori's views of child development and the role of the learning environment in a child’s educational development; details the organisation of Montessori schools worldwide and the structure of a typical day in a Montessori setting; highlights the principles of Montessori pedagogy, including the tools and strategies employed by its practitioners; considers how and what children learn in a Montessori setting and the links with EYFS 2017; includes new benefits and challenges of the Montessori approach to children's lives. Understanding the Montessori Approach provides an accessible overview of this major pedagogical influence on early years practice, supported by case studies, examples, summaries and reflective practice questions. This new edition not only highlights the core ideas that practitioners should consider when reviewing and reflecting on their own practice, but accomodates revisions to educational curriculum and policy in order to serve as an invaluable resource for students and practitioners alike.
A learn to read workbook by the author of the Practical Guide to the Montessori Method at Home This Montessori practice book includes: Work with letters and a clear and straight-forward system to learn phonics: children will learn the shape and sound of each letter, just like they would with Montessori sandpaper letters. The book includes 26 alphabet worksheets meant for children to trace letters with their fingers and learn to recognize beginning sounds. Montessori pink series activities: children will learn phonetic reading with three-part cards and missing letter activities. We will introduce easy-to-read CVC words with flash cards and games. Montessori blue series activities: the book also includes three part cards and activities to learn digraphs present in CCVC and CVCC words, and a list of words for children to practice. Montessori sight words in flash cards; A paper movable alphabet designed for children to start building their own words. Sentence building: we have also included Montessori reading games and cut-out words to start writing and reading sentences quickly. This is a learn to read book for kids 3-5 and5-7. Each age group will use the book in a slightly different way. The first group will be able to work with the help of an adult, while the older group can start the Montessori reading series mostly on their own, as they will be able to cut, paste and color most of the reading activities by themselves. We have included many Montessori reading tools in this book, which you will be able to cut out and laminate if you want to create your own Montessori reading materials on a budget. This reading workbook contains dozens of engaging black and white illustrations to color, cut and paste, and it is ideal for families who are using Montessori at home (as a reinforcement of school work or as a great homeschooling reading tool) and it can even be used as a Montessori reading instruction tool in the classroom, as it allows its useby more than one child.
A balanced review of the research on the effects of the Montessori school experience, strengths and weaknesses of the method, its history in the US, and new trends. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR