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Montessori Book Club - The Absorbent Mind Schedule

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Our Montessori Book Club begins tomorrow!  I hope you're excited.  If you are new to reading the works of Maria Montessori, I want to encourage you to hang in there.  It is written from the perspective of a scientist.  There is a lot to take in.

The schedule is posted below.  We will keep it at three chapters per week which will allow us to finish by the end of the year.  Most chapters are 10 pages or less so it should keep the weekly reading requirements manageable.  We will discuss what we've read the following Monday at our online community on Facebook.  Don't forget to join us there if you wish to participate.  Our first discussion of chapters 1, 2 and 3 will take place on Monday, October 14th.

Week of:  October 7th  Read Chapters 1, 2 and 3

Week of:  October 14th  Read Chapters 4, 5 and 6
                Maria Monday Discussion of Chapters 1, 2 and 3

Week of:  October 21st  Read Chapters 7, 8 and 9
                Maria Monday Discussion of Chapters 4, 5 and 6

Week of:  October 28th  Read Chapters 10, 11 and 12
Maria Monday Discussion of Chapters 7, 8 and 9

Week of:  November 4th  Read Chapters 13, 14 and 15
                Maria Monday Discussion of Chapters 10, 11 and 12

Week of:  November 11th  Read Chapters 16, 17 and 18
                Maria Monday Discussion of Chapters 13, 14 and 15

Week of:  November 18th Read Chapters 19, 20 and 21
Maria Monday Discussion of Chapters 16, 17 and 18

Week of:  November 25th  Read Chapter 22 (Light Due to Holiday)
Maria Monday Discussion of Chapters 19, 20 and 21

Week of:  December 2nd  Read Chapters 23, 24 and 25
Maria Monday Discussion of Chapter 22

Week of:  December 9th  Read Chapters 26, 27 and 28
Maria Monday Discussion of Chapters 23, 24 and 25

Week of:  December 16th  Catch Up on Reading!
Maria Monday Discussion of Chapters 26, 27 and 28        

Discussion will be on Friday December 20th Due to Holidays


And please keep in mind that not all available editions are translated correctly.  Unfortunately, a number of the free versions of The Absorbent Mind have been poorly translated.  Obviously, if budget is an issue then simply acquire whatever copy you can.  The 1995 Holt/Owl Books reprint is one of the easiest to acquire.

I have the listed the correct chapters below so you can compare your edition.

1 The Child's Part in World Reconstruction
2 Education for Life
3 The Periods of Growth
4 The New Path
5 The Miracle of Creation
6 Embryology and Behavior
7 The Spiritual Embryo
8 The Child's Conquest of Independence
9 The First Days of Life
10 Some Thoughts on Language
11 How Language Calls to the Child
12 The Effect of Obstacles on Development
13 The Importance of Movement in General Development
14 Intelligence and the Hand
15 Development and Imitation
16 From Unconscious Creator to Conscious Worker
17 Further Elaboration Through Culture and Imagination
18 Character and Its Defects in Childhood
19 The Child's Contribution to Society—Normalization
20 Character Building Is the Child's Own Achievement
21 Children's Possessiveness and Its Transformations
22 Social Development
23 Cohesion in the Social Unit
24 Mistakes and Their Correction
25 The Three Levels of Obedience
26 Discipline and the Teacher
27 The Teacher's Preparation
28 Love and Its Source—the Child

Happy Reading!!!
-Bess
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