Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook

Narrated by: Edward Miller
Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
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Dr. Montessori devoted her life to the teaching and understanding children. This remarkable work is one of the greatest guides and insights in children's way of thinking for all teachers and parents. Maria Montessori brought new life to the field in the late 19th and early 20th century. In her own words: "If we give children 'the means of existence', the struggle for it disappears, and a vigorous expansion of life takes its place. The aim is an inner one, namely that the child train himself to observe; that he be led to make comparisons between objects, to form judgments, to reason and to decide; and it is in the indefinite repetition of this exercise of attention and of intelligence that a real development ensues."
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Good essential Montessori classroom overview.

Good content. Some bits were tedious, so small bites best. I think I wanted reader to sound like her (an Italian woman). Too much at once would put me to sleep, but when tuned in to her descriptions, picturing the children and teaching methods detailed in Montessori's writing, it's a image with clarity of many of her very effective practices with insightful, straightforward explanations.

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A vital work for education!

Your time listening to Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook is a worthy investment to understand the intricacies and importance of the environment in a Montessori education. I recommend even starting with just my favorite, chapter 4!
You will be both grounded and inspired whether you are assisting in a classroom or training to be a lead teacher. It is especially refreshing to revisit as an experienced teacher. The reread is enhancing perspectives and enriching classrooms in my life’s work!

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Why is the reader a man?

I love this book, because it's such a great, simple, concise overview of the Montessori Method. However, I was surprised and slightly offended that a man was chosen to do the reading. Dr Montessori was a strong woman, a pioneer in the world of education. It seems only just that a woman should read her words.

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