The “First Montessori Books” series is presently on special, discounted by the publisher:
The author is a member of Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF, an AMI Montessori organization) gathering information on the needs of children and families, and working together to come up with solutions. Here is a link to this organization: EsF
The 8th book in the series, Aid to Life, Montessori Beyond the Classroom, reflects the values, and some of the experiences of this work. Here are some of the subjects shared:
For Parents: 80 pages of questions and answers from parents, from a Northern California newspaper column. Chapters “Montessori at home, 0-6” and “Montessori at home, 6-18”.
For Teachers: Susan’s experience teaching in a private traditional British/Peruvian girls’ school in Lima, Peru with NO Montessori materials. A peek inside a wonderful established Montessori primary (age 2.5-6.5) class in London, England.
For Everyone: Susan’s experiences helping others to understand, or make use of, Montessori in such situations as a school for the blind in Tibet, a meeting with the Dalai Lama in Sikkim, a school for children with severe disabilities in Russia, an orphanage in Morocco, an AMIESF conference in Thailand (where she shares projects by colleagues helping mothers of babies born in prison, and Montessori for the elderly and forgetful.) And finally, an outline of stages of development to help us understand the differences in physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual needs of children from birth, young adults, and adults.
As a politician concerned about education as the main pillar for a future better world, I have found what I was looking for in the Montessori philosophy. I have read all of the author’s books and articles and have found inspiration both as a father and politician. This book meets the needs of parents. It answers so many questions.
—Catalin Ivan, Member of the European Parliament for Romania, The Committee for Education
PICTURES IN BOOKS
This is a 1992 picture of Susan with Dr. Silvana Montanaro—co-director of training with Judi Orion— during the AMI Assistants to Infancy course in Denver, Colorado. Susan and Dr. Montanaro became good friends and she participated in much of Susan’s writings from that time, even contributing the introduction to the book The Joyful Child.
Dr. Montanaro was adamant about making one’s important points through pictures (not for decoration but for a message) as much as possible because, as she realized so early, “We are now a visual society.” Susan has followed this advice in all eight books, which has contributed to their being the favorite “first Montessori books” in many countries.
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