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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 ...
Chapter 1: The Montessori Story
The Montessori Story
To be independent is to be able to do things for yourself, to be able to make your own choices and to be able to manage the consequences of those choices on your own. It literally means to ‘not hang from’ another person or thing. Over her long lifetime Dr Maria Montessori observed young children striving to become independent. She believed the drive urging young children towards independence is the same drive that ...