The Essential Montessori


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Table of Contents

1. Maria Montessori: The Woman and the Method
2. Introduction of the Method into the United States
3. Criticisms of the Method
Answers to Some Common Criticisms
4. Adaptability of the Method
Special Education
Culturally Disadvantaged
Behavior Modification
Public Schools
In the Home
Federally Funded Programs
5. The Relevance of Montessori Today and in the Future
6. Montessori's Views of Her Work
The First Children's House
Sources of Inspiration
The Adult and the Child
The Discovery of the Child: The Absorbent Mind; Normalization; Observations of the Child; The Child and Work
The Sensitive Periods
Liberty, Freedom, and Order
Movement and Activity
The Method
The Prepared Environment: The Children's House; The Teacher; The Materials and the Lessons
Practical Applications of the Theory: Sensory Education; Language; Writing and Reading; Arithmetic; Imagination and Fantasy; Art and Music; Physical Education and Nature
On Education and Schools
7. Appendixes
A. Familiar Montessori Terms
B. Classroom Materials
C. A Comparison of Montessori and Traditional Pre-School Education
D. Choosing a Montessori School for Your Child
E. The Evolution of the Montessori Community
F. Montessori Informational Sources: Organizations; Other Sources; Materials
G. Montessori Teacher Education Programs
H. Research and the Six-Year Study
I. Selected Bibliography
J. Some Highlights in the Life of Maria Montessori

About the Author

Certified as a Montessori teacher by St. Nicholas Training Centre in London, and active on behalf of the method since 1960, Elizabeth G. Hainstock became a Montessori consultant for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in 1971. She currently sits on the board of the International Montessori Society and makes her home in San Juan Bautista, California.


"[Hainstock's] books on Montessori education almost certainly establish her as the most widely read interpreter of Montessori in the United States.... Her writing is clear and accessible, unfettered by jargon."-The Public School Montessorian

Praise for Teaching Montessori in the Home: Pre-School Years

"Provides enlightenment on the whole Montessori method."-Denver Post

"Highly recommended."-Library Journal

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