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

The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three by Susan Mayclin Stephenson 1879264102 9781879264106
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(2020 version) Every culture has wisdom but in modern times much of it has been lost. The first three years of life are too important for experiments, but the Montessori guidelines presented here have held true all over the world, no matter what the culture of the child, for over 100 years. It is the goal of this book to help parents look for, discover, appreciate, and support the mental, physical, and emotional needs of the child in the first three years of life.There are over 180 black and white pictures from the authors work around the world with children from birth to three years of age. "The Joyful Child" is used in Montessori teacher training centers, middle school human development classes, birth preparation classes, and it is of interest to anyone studying education and child development. It has been translated into several languages and is often used as a text for parenting classes.Chapters: The First Year-The senses: Before birth; music and language; crying as communication; seeing and processing; the absorbent mind; materialsThe First Year-Reaching Out and Grasping: The development of movement; toys that aid the natural development of movement; natural materials for toysThe First Year-Sitting up and Working: The childs Work; eating and working while sitting up; safety concerns with new movement abilities; number of toys available at any one time, and learning to put them away; suggested toysThe First Year-Freedom of movement; a safe and natural environment; crawling, pulling up, standing, and walking; toys and equipment that aid movement developmentThe End of the First Year-Unique Development and the Childs Self-Respect: Each childs path of development is unique; aiding the beginning of a good self-image; preparing the home to welcome the newborn; clothing that supports free movement; attachment and separation, preparation for weaning and toilet learning; sign language and elimination communication (EC); materials that support optimum growth and development; unconditional love; the end of the first yearAge 1-3-Care of Self, Others, and the Environment: Participating in the real life of the family; kinds of practical life activities; the work environment and concentration; materials; undressing and dressing; a place for everything and everything in its place; The childs purpose; the needs of the parents; adults and children working together; the childs research of the rules of society; teach by teaching, NOT by correcting; offering choicesAge 1-3-Toys and Puzzles: Selecting toys; organizing and rotating toys; learning to put toys away; respecting concentration; visual discrimination and eye-hand control; puzzle toys; open-ended toysAge 1-3-Music: Dancing and singing; percussion instruments and other music materialsAge 1-3-Language: Listening comes first; a second language; listening and including the child in conversation; vocabulary, words, pictures, and books; formal language; storytelling, reading and writing; biting; imagination? lying?; materials; supporting language developmentAge 1-3-Art: Art is more than drawing; art materials; art appreciation; art workAge 1-3-People: Daily life of people of the world; materialsAge 1-3-Plants and Animals: A natural love of nature; experiencing and naming plants; gardening; observing and caring for animals; materialsAge 1-3-Physical Science and Math: The beginnings of physicals sciences; the beginnings of mathAge 0-3-Preparing the Environment: What do we need for a new baby? safety; general environment principles; the environment and the absorbent mind; the outside environment; materials; conclusionAge 0-3-Parenting and Teaching: A gentle birth; gentle family togetherness in daily life; clothing and materials; developing trust in the world; a gentle beginning, the role of the father; a sense of order; the changing environment; the childs needs; modeling, setting limits, and time out; educational materials for 0-3; conclusio

Author: Susan Mayclin Stephenson

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 289

Publisher: Michael Olaf Montessori Company

Publication Date: 2013-06-15

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