This book has been on my to-read list for quite awhile. When we formed our learning co-op we were originally going to have a moms' reading group to go along with it where we read books on education from various perspectives, but it never quite got off the ground. I finally brought it home from the library and have really been enjoying it. I so appreciate when an author can distill ideas down such that they're accessible to anyone. This book really gives you a feel for what Montessori is all about and how you could incorporate those principles into your home.
I got so excited once I was a chapter or two in because the philosophy really resonated with me. Observations and ideas that Maria Montessori had about how children learn and about how best to facilitate that learning fall right in line with my own observations and inclinations about Sam. I've definitely noticed "sensitive periods" where he's particularly open to absorbing new information; it was really interesting to read the descriptions of these various stages. And I LOVE the ideas about creating a more child-friendly home. I was already a fan of For Small Hands, but am even more excited about getting Sam some mini-versions of adult tools and implements now that I've read more about the reasoning behind it.
I felt like this was a great "tip of the iceberg" book if you're interested in learning more about the Montessori method. I got some of Maria Montessori's books to read next, now that I have a feel for the overarching ideas. Anyone have any recommendations about other great resources to learn about Montessori? Or other educational philosophies worth looking into?