What really happens inside a Montessori classroom? How do teachers teach? How do children learn? This fascinating day by day record of a year in the life of a Montessori classroom answers these questions by providing an illuminating and practical glimpse of the Montessori method in action. As the Montessori method becomes increasingly popular, Montessori in the Classroom will become an essential volume for anyone interested in understanding how Montessori education really works.
"A moving book, and a deeply honest one. Lillard brings a compassionate intelligence to her task. . . . This is the book of a strong, wise, and sensitive teacher. It is a joy."
--from the foreword by Jerome Bruner, author of The Culture of Education and Research Professor of Psychology, New York University "A clear account of how and why the method works. I hope as many parents and teachers as possible will read it."
--Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
"Every teacher wishing to take a practical and philosophical look at Montessori teaching should read this book."
--David Kahn, Executive Director, North American Montessoi Teachers' Association (NAMTA)
"Through this diary parents and teachers witness the joyous explosion that can occur in the preschool experience."