Highly acclaimed first introductions to the Montessori philosophy and practice
of raising and educating children from birth on — for parents and educators

After reading these books I better understand and can finally explain Montessori to friends and family —A Montessori Parent

Michael Olaf Montessori Newsletter #18, February 2015

The Joyful Child The Universal Child, Guided by Nature Child of the World

I believe that our main purpose in life is to find happiness, and helping others is a sure way to fulfill this purpose. The human infant first experiences love and compassion through its mother, and people who receive maximum affection in these early years have less fear and distrust for the rest of their lives, and are more compassionate toward others. Montessori is wonderful in this way.
—The Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, India

Teachers and administrators at all levels will see preschool, elementary, and adolescent students with new eyes when they understand the potential of children in the first 3 years of life.
—David Kahn, NAMTA (North. American Montessori Teachers Association)

My friends who do not go to a Montessori school are always asking me what the difference between their school and mine is. After reading this book I think I can tell them.
—12-Year-Old American Montessori Student

Nothing gave me such a complete and interesting overview of the potential of Montessori than this book. I have ordered one for every family in our school.
—Montessori School Administrator

Simple, Elegant, Inspiring. Susan Stephenson carries Dr Montessori's vision of education for peace forward with this lovely, simple book about what we can all recognize as universal in our make-up as human beings.
—Gioconda Bellonci, Montessori teacher

This book explains the meaning of life, how you are supposed to live it. It would be helpful to other people my age. If the young person does not want to read the chapter "The Young Adult, Age 12-18" the parents should read it so they can help their son or daughter become a better person.
—Ryan Alcock, Age 13, The Montessori Lyceum, Amsterdam

Stephenson’s volume is a wonderful resource for parents seeking thoughtful, sound advice on raising well-grounded children in a chaotic world. Presenting Montessori principles in clear and eloquent prose, Stephenson’s legacy will be a tremendous service to generations of parents to come.
—Angeline Lillard, PhD, Professor of Psychology, U. of Virginia, author of Montessori, The Science behind the Genius

Available, in English, from:
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Amazon United Kingdom The Joyful Child
Amazon Germany The Joyful Child
Amazon Italy The Joyful Child
Amazon France The Joyful Child
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Amazon Japan kindle only The Joyful Child
NAMTA The Joyful Child
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Bulk discounts for schools: whsl
Available, in English, from:
The the publisher Michael Olaf Universal Child
Amazon USA The Universal Child
Amazon United Kingdom The Universal Child
Amazon Germany The Universal Child
Amazon Italy The Universal Child
Amazon France The Universal Child
Amazon Canada, kindle only The Universal Child
Amazon Japan kindle only The Universal Child
NAMTA The Universal Child
and from other Montessori book providers
Bulk discounts for schools: whsl
Available, in English, from:
The the publisher Michael Olaf Child of the World
Amazon USA Child of the World
Amazon United Kingdom Child of the World
Amazon Germany Child of the World
Amazon Italy Child of the World
Amazon France Child of the World
Amazon Canada Child of the World
Amazon Japan Child of the World
NAMTA Child of the World
and from other Montessori book providers
Bulk discounts for schools: whsl

The Joyful Child: Montessori,
Global Wisdom for Birth to Three

Introduction, Silvana Montanaro, MD

PART ONE, The First Year

The Senses
Reaching Out and Grasping
Sitting Up and Working
Crawling, Pulling Up, and Standing
The End of the First Year: Unique Development and the Child's Self-Respect

PART TWO, Age 1-3
Care of Self, Others, and the Environment
Toys and Puzzles
Plants and Animals
Physical Science and Math

Age 0-3: Preparing the Environment
Age 0-3: Parenting and teaching

How I Weaned Myself (A Child's Perspective)
Comparison of Montessori Assistants to Infancy Practice and Birth-Three Traditions in Bhutan
Maria Montessori
The Assistants to Infancy Program
About the Author
Acclaim for The Joyful Child and Child of the World

Susan Mayclin Stephenson
Introduction by Silvana Montanaro, MD
260 pages, 160+ black and white pictures , 5.5" x 8", softcover
ISBN: 1-879264-10-2 — US$19.95

The Universal Child Guided by Nature: Adaptation of the 2013 International Montessori Congress Presentation


PART ONE, The Needs and Tendencies of the Universal Child
maximum effort

PART TWO, How to Share Montessori with the World
finding out what Montessori means
researching a culture in preparation for sharing Montessori
explaining Montessori
mentoring a new Montessori teacher

PART THREE, The Universal Child Grows Up

PART FOUR, We are Guided by Nature


Susan Mayclin Stephenson
56 pages, 140 colored pictures, 5.5" x 8", softcover
ISBN: 978-1879264-14-4 — US$16.95

Child of the World: Montessori,
Global Education for Age 3-12+


PART ONE, Age 3-6 Years
Caring for Oneself, for Others, and for the Environment
The Preparation and Serving of Food
Toys and Games
The Earth, Physical Sciences
Plants and Animals, Life Sciences
People, Social Sciences
Music and Art
Geometry, Math, and Measurement
PART TWO, Age 6-12 Years
Transition to the Elementary Years
The Earth, Physical Sciences
Biology, Life Sciences
The Humanities, Social Sciences
The Arts
Invention, Geometry, and Math

PART THREE, Age 0-24 Years
Stages of Development
The Young Adult, Age 21-18
The Adult, Age 18-24

PART FOUR, Parents and Teachers
Preparing a Learning Environment
Parenting and Teaching
Maria Montessori
About the Author
Acclaim for Child of the World

Susan Mayclin Stephenson
Introduction by Karin Salzmann
170 pages, 40 black and white pictures
ISBN 978-1-879264-24-3 —  US$14.95  

All three books

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