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I’m about half way through reading Dr. María Montessori’s book The Secret of Childhood. If you are interested in learning more about the Montessori philosophy of life and learning, then I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s a great place to start!
Instead of waiting until I was done with the book to write a review of it on the blog, I wanted to share with you a page from chapter 2, “The Accused,” that stopped me in my tracks. It’s a section that, in my opinion, adults and parents must understand – a starting point, if you will – before they implement any of the other more well-known, practical, parts of Montessori, like the learning tower, or work trays, or child-sized furniture, or neatly-arranged low shelves. Those are secondary.
To prepare you to read Montessori’s words, consider this question: What if, in order to fully and most clearly see our child, we adults have to be the one to change?
I’ve broken down the rather long quotation into bits to give the words time to sink in, and also to share with you how each particular part has influenced me as a new mother.