In our frenetic lives, we have little time to read Montessori’s writings and lose touch with the gems shared with us in her work as we get overwhelmed by our daily work with the children.
A small group of us has been meeting to discuss Montessori’s writing as we feel this an important part of our professional development. By revisiting our roots we have an opportunity to reignite our passion for Montessori and also critically reflect on her writing and its relevance today. We are keen to extend the group because we have realised that whilst we share in the Montessori legacy, our understanding of her work very much follows the unique journey each one of us makes as a teacher, trainer and parent.
There is huge value in sharing in our voices to ensure that the authentic “voice of the child” is heard. It is particularly important in today’s world when we have an opportunity to influence the path of education for the benefit in children, communities and society. We see the book club as a chance to articulate our understanding of the essence of Montessori pedagogy.
Join us as we read and discuss our first book: The Child, Society and the World – edited in 1979 in Germany for the first publication of these previously unpublished speeches and writings by Montessori. In the new year, we will move on to read Montessori Speaks to Parents.