The Secret of Childhood
This is an important work because it highlights what is wrong with common trends in parenting. We learn that the parent is there to foster a positive environment in which a child can thrive. It is not complicated. The child will show us what they need and when they need it. This book helps us to recognize what the child’s needs are, but from the child’s perspective.
Maria Montessori(1870-1952), Italian physician and educationist, born in Rome, the first woman in Italy to receive a medical degree (1894), she founded a school for children with learning disabilities (1899-1901), and developed a system of education for children of three to six based on spontaneity of expression and freedom and restraint. The system was later worked out for older children, and applied in Montessori schools throughout the world. She opened the first Montessori School for children in the slums of Rome in 1907.