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The Absorbent Mind

Maria Montessori

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Format: Paperback, 302pp.
ISBN: 9780805041569
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Pub. Date: September 1995

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In response to the crisis in American education, more than five thousand public and private schools across the nation have adopted the timeless Montessori Method of teaching, of which this book is the cornerstone. Written by the woman whose name is synonymous worldwide with child development theory, The Absorbent Mind takes its title from the phrase that the inspired Italian doctor coined to characterize the child's most crucial developmental stage, the first six years.

A new forward by John Chattin-McNichols, Ph.D., former President of the American Montessori Society, contextualizes this classic book in an intelligent discussion of contemporary thinking in child education.


"Written with conviction—even passion . . . the appeal to teachers to preserve at all costs a living imagination is appropriate here and now."
Saturday Review

"Startling insights . . . she is an inspiring teacher . . . educators of all persuasions will find her book alive with ideas."

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Maria Montessori, born in Italy in 1870, dedicated her life to learning how best to educate children—particularly the poorest, most challenged children—during their vulnerable beginnings. Today her legacy is evident worldwide. She died in the Netherlands in 1952. John Chattin-McNichols, Ph.D., was a President of the American Montessori Society and Professor of Education at Seattle University. He is the author and editor of several books on Montessori education.

Table of Contents

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Foreword to the Owl Book Editionxi
1The Child's Part in World Reconstruction3
2Education for Life10
3The Periods of Growth18
4The New Path29
5The Miracle of Creation34
6Embryology and Behavior47
7The Spiritual Embryo60
8The Child's Conquest of Independence83
9The First Days of Life97
10Some Thoughts on Language108
11How Language Calls to the Child116
12The Effect of Obstacles on Development127
13The Importance of Movement in General Development136
14Intelligence and the Hand148
15Development and Imitation158
16From Unconscious Creator to Conscious Worker165
17Further Elaboration Through Culture and Imagination171
18Character and Its Defects in Childhood192
19The Child's Contribution to Society—Normalization201
20Character Building Is the Child's Own Achievement208
21Children's Possessiveness and Its Transformations216
22Social Development222
23Cohesion in the Social Unit232
24Mistakes and Their Correction244
25The Three Levels of Obedience252
26Discipline and the Teacher263
27The Teacher's Preparation276
28Love and Its Source—the Child287

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