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 Child Worker and the Adult Observer

The child worker and the adult observer

Chapter Objectives

  • To visit a Montessori Children's House.
  • To introduce observation as an essential element of Montessori early childhood practice.
  • To reveal how Montessori early childhood programmes reflect the stages of child development described by Maria Montessori.
  • To explore, from a Montessori perspective, the activity of young

Trained as a scientist, Dr Montessori observed phenomena closely as a means of understanding the world and solving problems. When she turned her attention to the study of young children, close observation continued to be her primary strategy. To observe literally means ‘to keep near’ so you can watch something and come to know it well.

A Visit to a Montessori Children's House

The Children's House is the Montessori programme for children ...

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