The Montessori Method (1)
Dr. Maria Montessori writes about the development of the child, behavioral and learning issues. This book which appeared in 1916 in Italy gives rich information to any educator. Even though immense development of school subjects have been made since that time, what is dealt with in this book is till today the cornerstone of education and very much helpful for the Arab World.
The Montessori method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activity on the part of the child and clinical observation on the part of the teacher. It stresses the importance of adapting the child's learning environment to his or her developmental level, and of the role of physical activity in absorbing abstract concepts and practical skills. The Montessori method teaches reading via phonics and whole language, the comparative benefits of which are currently being recognized. To all educators this book should prove most interesting. All who are fair-minded will admit the genius that shines from the pages which follow, and the remarkable suggestiveness of Dr. Montessori's labors.-Henry W. Holmes