This is a quality paperback which includes over 40 full color photos illustrating various real life Montessori school exercises. This book grew out of independent pamphlets written by the author to help parents understand the Montessori method.
Excerpt from the Foreword
"Charlotte Cushman's explanations are clear, essentialized and replete with examples that make her points easily understood. At the same time, she possesses an ability to identify in clear terms the "why's", i.e., the important ideas on which classroom practice is based. Not only is she philosophically astute, but her long experience as a Montessori teacher and her sensitivity enable her to provide a multitude of anecdotes, including conversations with children, that keep the discussion in "the real world". She also answers questions and doubts that parents have raised over the years and applies her knowledge of Montessori to matters (e.g., computer use) that postdate Maria Montessori. The result is that a Montessori parent - including me with four decades of hindsight - can say, "Oh, that's what's going on with my child" and "that's why he's doing that in class". But just as important, a parent who is considering sending a child to a Montessori school will learn the most important lesson from Charlotte Cushman's book: why Montessori matters for a child's success and happiness."
Dr. Michael Berliner
Dr. Michael S. Berliner is a former Chairman of the Department of Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education at the California State University, Northridge. He has spoken at international Montessori conferences, contributed articles on Montessori education to professional journals, and served as the board chairman of the Montessori school which his daughter attended in Los Angeles.
A few of the children who are featured in the book are pictured here in this slideshow--some showing the book to their parents, but some are seeing the book for the very first time.
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