Reading, Research & More
Maria Montessori was very well published in her lifetime, and several of her books, namely The Absorbent Mind and The Discovery of the Child, remain well-read titles in educational programs focusing on progressive, constructivist, and developmental approaches to education.
Of course, a great body of literature and research into child development and education has grown up over the years, and our staff enjoys sharing their favorites. A few titles, articles, organization and links hand-picked by our staff and families are listed below.
- The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, by Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D. (2014)
- Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential, by Eileen Kennedy-Moore (2011)
- Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, by Ellen Galinsky (2010)
- Drive: the Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink (2010)
- Nurturing the Spirit in Non-Sectarian Classrooms, by Aline D. Wolf (2009)
- The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, by Sir Ken Robinson (2009)
- The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence, by Rachel Simmons (2009)
- So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids, by Diane E. Levin Ph.D. and Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. (2009)
- Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv (2008)
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly (2008)
- Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, by Dr. Angeline Stoll-Lillard. (2008)
- Mindset, by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. (2007)
- The Tao of Montessori: Reflections on Compassionate Teaching, by Catherine McTamaney (2007)
- A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel Pink (2006)
- Positive Discipline, by Dr. Jane Nelson (2006)
- The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends, by Eieleen Kennedy-Moore (2003)
- Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful: Preventing Exclusion in the Early Elementary Classroom, by Donna Bryant Goertz (2001)
- Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, by Sir Ken Robinson (2001)
- Raising Cain: Developing the Emotional Life of Boys, by Dan Kindlon, Ph.D. and Michael Thompson, Ph.D. (2000)
- Ready, Set, Explore, by Marlene Barron (1996)
- Ready, Set, Read and Write: 60 Playful Activities for You and Your Child to Share, by Marlene Barron (1995)
- “Maria Montessori Stands at the Head of the Class,” Nancy Gondo, Investor’s Business Daily, October 10, 2011.
- “Is Montessori the Origin of Google and Amazon?” Steve Denning, Forbes, August 2, 2011 and online.
- “Montessori Mafia,” Peter Sims, Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2011 and online.
- “The World at Our Fingertips,” Derek Cabrera and Laura Colosi. Scientific American Mind, September/October 2010.
- “Montessori By Nature,” Sharon Allen Gilder. Montessori LIFE, Issue 4, 2009.
- “Hey. Just Play.” Rebecca Rupp. Home Education, November-December 2009.
- “Joy in School,” Steven Wolk. Educational Leadership, September 2008 and online.
- “In Kindergarten Playtime, a New Meaning for ‘Play’”, Clara Hemphill, New York Times, July 26, 2006 and online.
- “Montessori Children Grow Up: Why I was a Montessori Child and Why My Children Are Now,” Catherine McTamaney. NCME Montessori Reporter, Summer 2004.
Blogs We Like
- “Changing Education Paradigms”, from Sir Ken Robinson’s lecture at the RSA on educational systems—what may have worked in the past but is in desperate need of change today. Sir Ken is a fan of Montessori; after viewing this animate (or reading his books), you will probably understand why.
- “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” from Daniel Pink’s lecture at the RSA on thinking, learning, internal vs external motivation—with this in mind, consider the significance of internal motivation on a child’s prospects with falling in love with learning.
- “Building Better Schools: The Neurological Case for Montessori,” by Dr. Steven Hughes, in which he discusses the problem with the traditional (factory) model of education and how Montessori education does a better job of not only meeting the cognitive needs of children, but supports and nourishes them in such a way that learning stays meaningful, exciting, joyful and ongoing. Rumor has it, he will be presenting this or a similar topic at the 2012 NJMAC conference the HPMS staff will be attending– hooray!
- “Where Good Ideas Come From,” from Steven Johnson’s lecture on how important it is to allow children and ourselves time, space and social experience to really get inside our ideas, to learn to be long-term learners and collaborators, and develop the patience and creativity to problem-solve, critique and improve our own and each others’ notions of the world. A comment on how the foundations we lay today can mature into brilliance over time.