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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.
©2003 Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"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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3 out of 5 stars
By Mariell on 10-10-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 04-01-18

Read before your baby is born

This is a great book with examples to start with your baby right out of the womb. You gain an understanding of Montessorial teaching as a whole.

BUT if you already have children and didn’t start teaching them the Montessorial way you will immediately feel guilty on how much you did wrong and because you missed out on opportunities from the start that you cannot get back
your children cannot achieve their fullest capacity to be productive citizens in society.

And the narrator sounds like a robot.

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