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The costs of books ranges from $200-$400 depending on which books Adult Learners choose to purchase for their own library, and whether the books are used or new.

 

INTRODUCTION TO MONTESSORI/EARLY CHILDHOOD OVERVIEW

Rita Kramer:  Maria Montessori: A Biography

Maria Montessori:  The Secret of Childhood

Nancy McCormick Rambusch: Learning How to Learn (available from ParentChildPress.com)

INFANT AND TODDLER PROGRAM

REQUIRED READINGS: To be read before the training program.  Assignments from these books will be given in advance of the first session and during the course.

Deb Ahola and Abbe Kovacki: Observation and Understanding Child Development: A Child Study Manual

Paula Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jensen: Montessori from the Start

Silvana Q. Montanaro, MD: Understanding the Human Being (Spanish version is available on Amazon) (We have copies at our office. If you would like to purchase one, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The cost is $34.50 including shipping to you.)

Maria Montessori: The Absorbent Mind (Spanish version available upon request) Please note: the Barnes and Noble version of this book is an inaccurate translation and should not be purchased for our purposes.  

Maria Montessori: The Secret of Childhood

 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READINGS: Not necessary to purchase before training program

Lise Eliot, Ph.D: What's Going on in There: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life

Louis Kaplan: Oneness and Separateness

Barbara Kovach and Denise Da Ros-Voseles: Being with Babies

Alfie Kohn: Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason Montessori From the Start

Maria Montessori: The Formation of Man

Nancy McCormick Rambusch: Learning How to Learn (available from ParentChildPress.com)

 

RECOMMENDED READINGS: Not necessary to purchase before the training program begins

Rita Kramer:  Maria Montessori:  A Biography

Paula Lillard:  Maria Montessori -- A Modern Approach

Paula Lillard: Montessori Today:  A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood

Maria Montessori: What you Should Know about your Child

Aline Wolf:  Nurturing the Spirit

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM

 REQUIRED READINGS: To be read before the training program in the following order.  Assignments on these books will be due during the first week of the summer program.

Maria Montessori: The Discovery of the Child

Maria Montessori: The Secret of Childhood

Maria Montessori: The Absorbent Mind

Paula Lillard: Maria Montessori--A Modern Approach

Nancy McCormick Rambusch: Learning How to Learn (ParentChildPress.com)

E.M. Standing: Maria Montessori, Her Life & Work

Rita Kramer: Maria Montessori: A Biography

Aline Wolf: Nurturing the Spirit

*Developmental Profiles Edition 4 (2002) by K. Eileen Allen & Lynn R. Moratz is recommended as a resource for Child Development

RECOMMENDED

Nelson, Greg: Math at their Own Pace: Child Directed Activities

Duffy, Michael:  Math Works: Montessori math and the developing brain

Kamii, Constance: Number in Preschool & Kindergarten

Duffy, Michael and D’Neil: Children of the Universe Cosmic Education

Wolf, A.D.: Our Peaceful Classroom

McFarland, Sonnie: Honoring the Light of the Child

Joseph Chilton Pearce: The Biology of Transcendence

 

Rudolf Dreikurs: Children: The Challenge

 

David Elkind: The Hurried Child

 

Jane Healy: Your Child's Growing Mind: Brain Development

 

Paula Lillard & Lynn Jessen: Montessori from the Start

Jane Nelson: Positive Discipline or Positive Discipline for Preschoolers

 

Adele Faber: How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk

 

John Chattin McNichols: The Montessori Controversy

 

Angeline Stoll Lillard: Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius

 

Rambusch, Nancy: Learning how to Learn

 

Apel, K. and Maserson: Beyond baby talk: from speaking to spelling

 

Beebe, B. and Lachmann: The Origins of Attachment

 

Brown, S.: Play: how it shapes the brain, opens the imagination, and Invigorates the soul

 

Carlson. S.M.: Individual difference in executive functioning and theory of the mind

 

Csikszentmilhalyi, M.: Flow: the psychology of optimal experience

 

Galinsky, E: Mind in the making

 

COURSE FOR MONTESSORI SCHOOL MANAGEMENT

CMSM - Part I - REQUIRED READING: 

Select any ONE of the following:

Paula Polk Lillard:  Maria Montessori – A Modern Approach, 1973, Schocken Books, Inc., NYC

Maria Montessori:  From Childhood to Adolescence, 1973, Schocken Books, Inc., NYC

John Chattin-McNichols:  The Montessori Controversy, Delmar Publishers, Inc., Albany, NY

Rita Kramer:  Maria Montessori: A Biography

Paula Lillard: Montessori Today

Nancy McCormick Rambusch: Learning How to Learn (available from ParentChildPress.com)

SUGGESTED READING FOR CMSM :  Select any ONE of the following:

John W. Gardner:  On Leadership, 1990, Simon and Schuster, NY

Daniel Goleman:  Primal Leadership – Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, 2002, Harvard Business Publishing, Boston

Daniel Goleman: Social Intelligence, The New Science of Human Relationships, 2006, Bantam Dell Div. of Random House, NY

Peter Block:  Flawless Consulting, A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used

ADDITIONAL SUGGESTED READINGS  FOR PROFESSIONAL MONTESSORIANS

John Chattin-McNichols:  The Montessori Controversy (Delmar, NY)

Michael Duffy: Math Works! Montessori Math and the Developing Brain

Michael Duffy & D'Neil Duffy: Children of the Universe

Rita Kramer: Maria Montessori: A Biography

Angeline Lillard: The Science Behind the Genius

Paula Lillard: Montessori Today

Mario Montessori, Jr.: Advanced Montessori Method II

Jane Roland Martin:  The Schoolhome: Rethinking Schools for Changing Families (Harvard, MA)

Margaret Howard Loeffler:  Montessori in Contemporary America (Heinemann, NH)

Maria Montessori:  Education for a New World; Education and Peace;The Formation of Man

Nancy McCormick Rambusch: Learning How to Learn  (ParentChildPress.com)

Aline Wolf: Nurturing the Spirit

 

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