In The Discovery of the Child Maria Montessori describes the nature of the child and her method. She believes that once the general principles of her method have been grasped, the verbal instruction can be replaced by ‘material for development’, which affords children the opportunity of teaching themselves by their own efforts. The teacher thus becomes a director of the children’s own spontaneous work.
Vol. 2, The Montessori Series, Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company
First published in 1948, this book lucidly delineates the fundamental principles of the Montessori approach to education, which was based on a series of genuine discoveries of Dr. Maria Montessori. The application of these principles, transcends boundaries of class, culture or creed, and is relevant to the whole of human development.