“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.” -Dr. Maria Montessori

Bibliography/Recommended Reading: If you would like to read more about Dr. Maria Montessori and her philosophy, these resources are a great place to start:

  • Culverwell, E.P. Montessori Principles and Practices A Book for Parents and Teachers.
  • Duffy, Michael and D’Neil. (2002, 2014) Children of the Universe. Parent Child Press. Understanding introduction of elementary-age children to the universal values that save us from war and destruction of the planet.
  • Hallowell, Edward M. (2002). The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness. New York: Random House. Information about raising children and family connections.
  • Lillard, Paula P. (1996). Montessori Today. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-8052- 1061-X,207 pages, bibliography, index. Describes Montessori theory and contemporary American Montessori schools serving ages ranging from birth to adulthood.
  • Montessori, Maria. (1948). To Educate the Human Potential. Madras, India: Kalakshetra Publications. Describes the needs of the elementary-aged child in the process of acquiring culture.
  • Montessori, Maria. (1949). The Absorbent Mind. Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House. Discusses the development of infants and young children from birth to three years. Gives a clear explanation of the basis of Montessori theory and method.
  • Montessori, Maria. (1973). From Childhood to Adolescence. New York: Schocken. Discusses the development and education of the child from age seven through adolescence. Includes Dr. Montessori’s thoughts on university education.
  • Montessori, Maria. (1917). The Advanced Montessori Method (Vol. 1: Spontaneous Activity in Education; Vol. 2: The Montessori Elementary Material). New York: Frederick A. Stokes & Co. A collection of essays including both theory and practice at the elementary level. Orem, Reginald Calvert. Montessori: Her Method and the Movement: What you Need to Know.
  • Standing, E. M. (1957). Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work. London: Hollis and Carter. Covers Maria Montessori’s life, how she developed Montessori education, its theoretical basis, and the worldwide growth of the Montessori movement.
  •  Wentworth, Roland. Montessori for the New Millennium