Montessori from the Start

  • by Paula Polk Lillard, Lynn Lillard Jessen
  • Narrated by Randye Kaye
  • 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What can parents do to help their youngest children in their task of self-formation? How does the Montessori method of hands-on learning and self-discovery relate to the youngest infants? This authoritative and accessible book answers these and many other questions.
Based on Dr. Maria Montessori's instructions for raising infants, its comprehensive exploration of the first three years incorporates the furnishings and tools she created for the care and comfort of babies. From the design of the baby's bedroom to the child-sized kitchen table, from diet and food preparation to clothing and movement, the authors provide guidance for the establishment of a beautiful and serviceable environment for babies and very young children. They introduce concepts and tasks, taking into account childrens' "sensitive periods" for learning such skills as dressing themselves, food preparation, and toilet training. Brimming with anecdote and encouragement, and written in a clear, engaging style, Montessori from the Start is a practical and useful guide to raising calm, competent, and confident children.


What the Critics Say

"Parents who embrace Montessori's approach will find this a marvelous guide to child rearing, and prospective teachers wishing to gain insights into the Montessori method will value it as a clear and concise introduction." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very informative, but...

I can honestly say that I learned quite a bit about the Montessori approach at home. However, it seems too unrealistic at times, not really considering the ups and downs of child rearing. The real life examples given picture the child and family's life as always joyful and peaceful. The tone is condescending most of the time and it even tells you that you are "a bad mother if", which is unrespectful and totally subjective. I found it to be a stressful read at times. I think a lot can be done to make this book purely informational with realistic expectations and guidelines. The narrator doesn't really help with this either. I couldn't find similar books for this age group though, so give it a try!
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- Mariell

I would not recommend this book to anyone.

The book gives conflicting information between chapters, and is not practical or up-to-date with current safety standards. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

The interesting part of our situation is that we actually follow the Montessori principles, so we are already doing him the majority of what is described in the text, but the information itself is written with such a condescending tone that I struggled to get through the book. I finally completed it, trying my best to glean any pertinent information that could be applicable to my life, but I would not recommend this read to anyone. This book, the author, and the narrator are so condescending. If you're reading Montessori material and trying your very best, then mama- you are enough!
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- B. Stewart

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-31-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio