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.

Prepared Paths to Culture

Prepared paths to culture

Chapter Objectives

  • To review Montessori prepared paths to culture in the fields of science, geography, history and the visual arts.
  • To discuss the use of specialist and technical terms in Montessori early childhood education.
  • To explore the Montessori approach to education for peace and sustainability.

Dr Montessori worked on her pedagogy during the first half of the twentieth century. The turmoil in Europe over those decades inevitably shaped her work. After World War I the Montessori method was adapted to meet the needs of child refugees. By the 1930s, Europe was again descending into war. All Montessori schools in Italy were closed, Montessori books were burned in Berlin and the Montessori family were forced from their home in Barcelona. During this time ...

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