Few would question the notion the Internet has revolutionized our lives. It has been pivotal in bringing awareness to the Montessori Method. It has provided a platform for sharing ideas and discussing how the philosophies apply in our modern society. I am exceptionally grateful for those who have dedicated their careers to bringing Montessori to a wider audience. However, I have a growing concern over how the Internet is being used in regards to growing our knowledge of the method.
Overall, my approach to advancing my Montessori knowledge is similar to most. I participate in discussed groups, read blogs and glean ideas from Pinterest. I also enjoy reading various books on the topic that were written by fantastic giants of the Montessori community such as Tim Seldin and Trevor Eissler. And for the most part, these are wonderful practices. But if I fail to occasionally choose a title from Maria Montessori's vast body of work, I'm missing out on the heart and soul of Montessori.
I understand the challenges that can surround Maria Montessori's works. Many are poorly translated which exacerbates the difficult of absorbing something that was written in Italian a century ago. Even still, if you never attempt to learn from something crafted from Maria herself, everything you ever read will be nothing more than someone else's interpretation.
I want to encourage you to take the plunge into a book written by Maria herself. I know it is something I need to do again in the near future. If you aren't sure where to begin, here are a few of the classics:
- The Absorbent Mind
- The Discovery of the Child
- The Secret of Childhood
- The Montessori Method
- Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook
- The Child in the Family