(8) The Child in the Family


Maria Montessori discusses some of her basic principles of education and shows why it is so important for adults to follow attentively all the spiritual expressions of a child. She stresses the importance of adult respect and support for all reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and emphasizes the value of understanding rather than interfering with such activity. Adults should help children to become independent while at the same time fully appreciating how sensitive children are to external influences.

Vol. 8, The Montessori Series, Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company

In this book Dr. Montessori examines the tensions inherent in the relationship between the adult and the child. She discusses the difficulties and contradictions of daily life within the frame work of which adults need to recognize and rectify their own defects in order to become worthy of the child. She stresses the importance of the child’s environment and the role it plays in the building of the child’s character.

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