More Information About the Montessori Philosophy

For a basic introduction to Montessori Philosophy, especially as it relates to the Primary (3-6 year old) classroom: A Parent’s Guide to the Montessori Classroom by Aline Wolf.

For a brief introduction to Montessori and the development of Maria Montessori’s philosophy, with quotes and writings arranged by topic:  The Essential Montessori by Elizabeth Hainstock.

For a more in-depth look at Maria Montessori’s life and an explanation of her method: Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work by E. M. Standing (one of her strongest admirers).

For tips on how to incorporate Montessori practices into a home setting: At Home with Montessori by Patricia Oriti.

This book describes the needs of the elementary-aged child in the process of acquiring culture:  To Educate the Human Potential by Maria Montessori.

This book discusses the development and education of the child from age seven through adolescence.  It includes Dr. Montessori’s thoughts on university education:  From Childhood to Adolescence by Maria Montessori.

In reading this book, parents will develop a clear understanding of what happens in a Montessori classroom and, more important, why it happens and why it works: Montessori:  The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard.

And finally, no list is complete without The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori.  Some consider this her defining work, as she describes in it why she believed so strongly in her work and how she developed her philosophy and methods.  It discusses the development of infants and young children from birth to three years.  It gives a clear explanation of the basis of Montessori theory and method.

If you like to use the internet to explore new ideas, these websites are particularly helpful: