About Dr. Maria Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori, born in 1870, was an Italian physician and educator. She was the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy. It was through her work and interest as a physician that she came to care for developmentally delayed children. In working with these children, Dr. Montessori was able to bring them to a higher level of development, which enabled them to enter regular schools.
Having achieved such startling results from her program, Dr. Montessori concluded that the "normal" child's potential for development was also being overlooked by the existing system of education. Dr. Montessori sought to understand, through scientific research and observation, what guided the child's psychological structure and what could be done to aid this growth. She perceived the spirit of the child and developed a child-centered philosophy of education. She devoted her life to this work and was honored and respected throughout the world by the time of her death in 1952.
Booklist for Children
- Maria Montessori: A Biography for Children, by Rayma Hayes.
- Our Peaceful Classroom, by Aline Wolf.
- Mammolina, A Story about Maria Montessori, by Barbara O'Connor.
Suggested Reading for Adults
- Look at the Child, by Aline Wolf.
- Montessori and your Child, by Terry Malloy.
- At Home with Montessori, Patricia Oriti.
- Montessori Education, by The American Montessori Society.
- Montessori Education: A Primer for Parents, by Terry Maloy
- Parents Guide to the Montessori 3-6 Classroom, by Aline Wold.
- Positive Discipline, by Jane Nelsen.
- Nurturing the Spirit, by Aline Wolf.
Books by Maria Montessori
- Child Education
- Education and Peace
- Education for a New World
- From Childhood to Adolescence
- The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol. 1 and 2
- The Child in the Family
- To Educate the Human Potential
- The Formation of Man
- The Secret of Childhood
- What you should know about your child