The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Based on her lectures, translated from the Italian. The appreciation of nuance, the spirit, and the wisdom of this great observer shine through. Sometimes the language and concerns seem dated, but the essence is what drives dedicated Montessorians. Theory is illustrated with anecdotes and analogies.
Montessori: A Modern Approach by Paula Polk Lillard
An overview of Montessori theory and practice which should help parents understand what is happening in the classroom. Excerpts from Dr. Montessori's own writing are put in a frame which is easier for modern parents to read.
What Do You Really Want for Your Children by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
A thoughtful analysis of the really important things that we want for our children. Will help you get over some of the minor hurdles of parenting as you focus on major goals.
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
Presents a powerful argument that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for physical and emotional health.
How to Raise a Brighter Child by Joan Beck
Very readable, interesting, and refreshing perspective on children and how to nurture mental development. The chapter on Montessori is well done. Includes a good list of gift ideas.
Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception by Thom Hartmann
If you are struggling with a child that doesn’t sit down and be quiet, you might want to get this perspective on how your child might contribute in a way you never guessed. It’s a real relief to have this insight, and you’ll be better able to advocate for your child as the two of you progress through the public school system.
How To Talk So Children Will Listen and How to Listen So Children Will Talk by Faber and Mazlish
Teaches step-by-step skills that many of us have lost in our video culture. Useful in adult life as well gaining perspective on how our children relate to us.
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