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Montessori and Early Childhood

Montessori and Early Childhood
A Guide for Students

First Edition
  • Susan Feez - University of New England, Armidale, Australia

October 2009 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Early childhood education across the world has been influenced by the pioneering work of Maria Montessori, and this book provides a complete overview of Montessori pedagogy and practice. It considers the Montessori approach within the context of early childhood education and care, and examines it in the light of new insights from the fields of neuroscience and child development.

By helping the reader understand the influence of Montessori on contemporary early years policy and practice, the book outlines ideas relevant to all early years settings, and suggests ways for all early childhood educators to apply these ideas in practice.

The book looks in detail at:

  • The Montessori story
  • The child as worker and the adult as observer
  • Developing independence and concentration
  • Using the senses to build the foundations for learning
  • Early communication and language
  • Early mathematics
  • Cultural knowledge and understanding
  • Maria Montessori, and other early childhood pioneers

Within each chapter are definitions of the key concepts of the Montessori approach, questions for reflection and discussion, activities and suggestions for further reading. This book focuses on the 3 to 6 age range.

The Montessori Story
The child worker and the adult observer
An environment of movement and order
The exercises of practical life
The exercises of the senses
Montessori Language
Montessori mathematics
Prepared paths to culture
Montessori in context

A clearly presented text exploring the philosophy of Montessori. It is suitable for both students studying the Early Years and for the Early Years practitioner.

Miss Sandra Lyndon
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
August 8, 2011

An interesting exploration of this approach. Provides additional information and focused discussion allowing students to develop their understanding

Ms Karen Perry
insistitute of education, Manchester Metropolitan University
August 3, 2011

An interesting and informative book, it will give students an insight into the methods and diversity of the montessori method.

Mrs Maria Johnson
Community Learning Service, North East Lincolnshire Council
January 12, 2011

This is a most useful text for students needing extra reading material for their course in Early Years.

Mrs Jan Mulvaney
Childcare and Education, VEC Galway Community College
December 14, 2010

Great introduction to Montessori method. Students love it.

Mrs Jan Gourd
School of Culture, Communication and Society, College of St Mark and St John
October 14, 2010

A good guide to Montessori for all students

Mrs Mary Briggs
Warwick Institute of Education, Warwick University
October 14, 2010

Useful background reading or our early years student teachers who explore the early years pioneers in their first year specialism module

Ms Jane Murray
School of Education, Northampton University
July 27, 2010

Useful addition to this module and Practice in Early Years Settings (ED2035)

Ms Carolyn Silberfeld
School of Education & Community Studies, East London University
November 2, 2009

Very clearly written with so much practical information. Very useful introductory material

Mrs Vanessa Cottle
Education , Derby University
October 30, 2009

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Susan Feez

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