Recommend Books

Recommended books specific to Montessori education, philosophy, child development, disclipine and brain development.

Recommended Books Specific to Montessori Education and Philosophy

The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori:  The Montessori Method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activity on the part of the child and clinical observation on the part of the teacher.  To all educators this book should prove most interesting,  All who are fair-minded will admit the genius that shines from the pages which follow, and the remarkable suggestiveness of Dr. Montessori's labors.  -Henry W. Holmes

The Discovery of the Child by Maria Montessori:  Maria Montessori went beyond the conventions of the day to seek a new way of knowing and loving a child.  In this book, Montessori describes the nature of the child and her method of working more fully with the child's urge to learn.

The Secret of Childhood by Maria Montessori:  Maria Montessori describes the child with warmth and the exactness of a scientist.  She also discusses the array of materials and techniques needed to release his learning potential. 

The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori:  In response to the crisis in american education, more than five thousand public and private schools across the nation have adopted the timeless Montessori method of teaching, of which this book is the cornerstone.

Montessori The Modern Approach by Paula Polk Lillard:  This reading has been called the single best book for anyone-educator, childcare professional and especially parent-seeking answers to the questions:  What is the Montessori Method?  Are its revolutionary ideas about early childhood education relevant to today's world?  And most important, is Montessori right for my child?

Montessori:  The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard:  Lillard shows that science has finally caught up with Maria Montessori:  current scientific research provides astounding support for her major insights.  

Understanding Montessori:  A Guide for Parents by Maren Schmidt:  This reading will help parents understand the stages of childhood growth and learning and how Montessori education uniquely meets each child's learning needs.  Schmidt has twenty-five years of working with children to explain in simple language what neuropsychologists are now finding.

Montessori Learning in the 21st Century:  A Guide for Parents & Teachers by M. Shannan Helfrich: This is a story of a lifetime of experience by a loving mother who is a passionate Montessori teacher and a dedicated teacher trainer.  This is a culmination of Helfrich's learning, observing, reflecting, and practicing the Montessori approach to education for more than forty years.       

Montessori Today:  A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood by Paula Polk Lillard:  Lillard provides a clear and cogent introduction to the Montessori program for the elementary and later years.  In detailed account, 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 stimulation by using the Montessori Method.  This is an essential handbook for parents and teachers who have chosen the Montessori alternative for the older child.

The Joyful Child:  Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three by Susan Mayclin Stephenson:  This reading shares what we know of the child in the first three years of life in an elegant and compassionate way.  

Child of the World: Montessori, Global Education for Age 3-12+ by Susan Mayclin Stephenson:  The author has excellent training and many years of experience with children of all ages around the world.  She writes with genuine wisdom, compassion and a voice filled with enthusiasm.

A Parent's Guide to the Montessori Classroom by Aline D. Wolf:  This reading describes in detail the Montessori program for children between the ages of three and six.  It is designed to help the reader understand the long-range purpose of Montessori education and to give a description of the equipment and materials used in the learning environment. 

Montessori From the Start:  The Child at Home From Birth to Age Three by Paula Polk Lillard:  Based on Dr. Montessori's instructions for raising infants, its comprehensive exploration of the first three years incorporates the furnishings and tools she created for the care and comfort of babies.  From the design of the baby's bedroom to the child-sized kitchen table, from the diet and food preparation to clothing and movement, the authors provide guidance for the establishment of a beautiful and serviceable environment for babies and very young children.

Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook by Maria Montessori:  This is the book that Maria Montessori wrote in response to requests from thousands of American parents and teachers.  A short, illustrated guide to the use of the Montessori classroom materials, it shows how to set up a "children's' house"-  an environment for learning where children can be their own masters, free to learn at their own pace. 

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin:  A compilation of the author's personal experience as a young child, as a father, as a Montessori guide, and as something of a coach to many families who have sought a better way to raise their children in a spirit of kindness, partnership, and respect.

Montessori Madness:  A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education by Trevor Eissler:  This book follows one family with young children on their journey of determination discovery, and delight.


Recommended Books Specific to Brain Development

What's Going on In There?  How the Mind and Brain Develop the First Five Years of Life by Lise Eliot: This is a lively and thought-provoking book that charts brains development from conception through the critical first five years. 

The Whole Brained Child by Daniel Siegel:  Siegel offers a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children.  The authors explain- and make accessible- the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures.  

Mind in the Making:  The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky:  This reading draws on fresh research to explain what we ought to be teaching our children.   This is a must-read for everyone who cares about America's fate in the 21st century.

Understanding the Human Being:  Importance of the First Three Years of Life by Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, MD:  The importance of the first three years of life.


Recommended Books Specific to Disclipine

Punished By Rewards by Alfie Kohn                                                                                                       The basic strategy we use for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summarized in six words: Do this and you'll get that.  We dangle goodies in front of people in much the same way we train a family pet.  Drawing on the wealth of psychological research, Kohn points the way to a more successful strategy based on working with people instead of doing things to them.

No Drama Disclipine by Daniel Siegel                                                                                                   Highlighting the fascinating link between a child's neurological development and the way a parent reacts to behavior, No-Drama Disclipine provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears-without causing a scene.

Positive Disclipine:  by Jane Nelsen, EdD                                                                                               The key to positive discipline is not punishment, she tells us, but mutual respect.  Nelsen coaches parents and teachers to be both firm and kind, so that any child-from a three-year-old toddler to a rebellious teenager- can learn creative cooperation and self-disclipine with no loss of dignity.

Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age by Dan Kindlon, PhD In this powerful and provocative book, Dr. Kindlon delineates how indulged toddlers become indulged teenagers who are at risk for becoming prone to, among other things, excessive self-absorbed, depression and anxiety, and lack of self-control. This reading maps out ways in which parents can reach out to their children, teach them engagement in meaningful activity, and promote emotional maturity and a sense of self-worth.  

The Discovery of the Child by Maria Montessori                                                                                Maria Montessori went beyond the conventions of the day to seek a new way of knowing and loving a child.  In this book, Montessori describes the nature of the child and her method of working more fully with the child's urge to learn.