Montessori Research

Importance of the Montessori Method

“Doing Prekindergarten Right” by Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. delivers some great insight into understanding the importance of early childhood education. Bettelheim states, “We know that the first 5 years of life constitute the most critical period for the development of social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills.” Knowing this, Bettelheim goes on to further elaborate stating “young children urgently need high quality educational experience to maximize whatever potential they were born with.”

Bettelheim then gives credit to Dr. Maria Montessori and the Montessori Method. “The Montessori Method systematically teaches independent problem solving, starting at age 18 months, using hands-on learning and the native interests of preschoolers. She demonstrated that, given adequate food, regular health checkups, and the right full-day program, virtually all of even the most deprived children could learn to an equal or higher standard than their more privileged, traditionally educated peers.”

Further Reading

  • Montessori from the Start by Paula Polk Lillard
  • Understanding the Human Being: Importance of the First Three Years of Life by Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro
  • The Absorbant Mind by Maria Montessori
  • Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard
  • How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin

Parenting Resources

  • Permission to Parent by Robin Berman
  • The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey
  • How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
  • The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine

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