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Montessori Today - Paula Polk Lillard

Paperback Published: 1st January 1996
ISBN: 9780805210613
Number Of Pages: 240

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Many parents are familiar with Montessori preschools and their unique approach to the education of young children. But what happens after the primary years? In the last decade, Montessori elementary and middle schools have sprung up all over the country. Paula Lillard, director of a Montessori school for children ranging in age from eighteen months to fifteen years, provides a clear and cogent introduction to the Montessori program for the elementary and later years.
Montessori's theory - to adapt education for each developmental stage through materials especially designed for a child's exploration and self-discovery - encourages children to be active rather than passive learners at all levels. In detailed accounts of both theory and practice of Montessori methods, Lillard shows how children acquire the skills to answer their own questions, learn to manage freedom with responsibility, and maintain a high level of intellectual curiosity. This is an essential handbook for parents and teachers interested in the Montessori alternative for the older child.

"Paul Lillard is an excellent guide to Maria Montessori's key ideas and to the place of Montessori education in contemporary society."--Howard Gardner, author of Frames of Mind "Children's schools shape their lives, intellects, and worldviews. This clear guide to Montessori education today will help parents to consider the Montessori alternative for their child." --Jane M. Healy, author of Your Child's Growing Mind

The Origin and Theory of Montessori Educationp. 3
Goal of Montessori Education
Historical Background
Planes of Development
Human Tendencies of Behavior
Activity Based on Interest
A Plan of Education
Overview of the Primary Yearsp. 24
Goal of the Primary Years
Sensitive Periods
Absorbent Mind
Hand and Brain
Education Begins at Birth
Infant Classes
Young Children's Community
Parent Education
Children's House
Sensorial Materials
Language and Mathematics Material
Social Development
The Child's Work
Changes at the Second Planep. 44
Physical Changes
Intellectual Curiosity
Independence from Family
Social Exploration
A Reasoning Mind
Moral Development
Powers of Imagination
A New Plan
The Great Lessons and Key Lessonsp. 54
A Plan for the Imagination and Reason
Keys to the Universe
The Five Major Stories
The First Great Lesson
The Remaining Great Lessons
A Sample Great Lesson
Team Effort and Discovery
The Key Lessons
A Sample Key Lesson
The Results of Cosmic Education
The Classroom Environmentp. 77
The Prepared Environment
The Classroom as Workshop
The Montessori Materials
A Sample Presentation
Prepared Children
The Elementary Teacherp. 87
The Prepared Adult
Moral Development
The Teacher as Link
Social Grouping
Teacher Qualifications and Training
Freedom and Responsibilityp. 98
A Classroom "Bill of Rights"
Journal Keeping
Individual Meetings
Care of the Environment
An Expanded Environment
Community Service Program
Why Montessori in the Elementary Years
Scenes from an Elementary Classroomp. 115
A Morning Visit
A Meeting with the Elementary Teacher
The Beginning of a Classroom Day
The End of the Classroom Day
The Planes of Adulthoodp. 152
History of the Adolescent Program
Psychological Characteristics at the Third Plane
Activity Based an Interest
The Prepared Environment
Academic Program
Flexibility of Schedule
Human Social Organization
The Value of Work
Advantages of a Residential Setting
The Prepared Adult
Freedom with Responsibility
Montessori Secondary Schools Today
Results of Montessori Middle Schools
The Fourth Plane: The Years from Eighteen to Twenty-Four
Montessori: Present and Futurep. 177
Appendix: A Student's Reflectionsp. 187
Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780805210613
ISBN-10: 080521061X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st January 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.3  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1