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General Information

Name:  Paula Polk Lillard  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Dayton , Ohio

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Biographical and Professional Information

Paula Polk Lillard is the author of Montessori Today and Montessori in the Classroom. She is cofounder and director of the Forest Bluff School in Lake Bluff, Illinois.

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Titles At Your Library

Montessori: A Modern Approach: The Classic Introduction to Montessori for Parents and Teachers
ISBN: 0805209204

Schocken Books. 1975

Montessori: A Modern Approach has been called the single best book for anyone -- educator, childcare professional, and especially parent -- seeking answers to the questions: What is the Montessori method? Are its revolutionary ideas about early childhood education relevant to today's world? And most important, especially for today's dual-career couples. Is a Montessori education right for my child?

Paula Polk Lillard writes both as a trained educators and as a concerned parent -- she has many years as a public school teacher, but it was her enthusiasm for the education her own child experienced in a Montessori school that led her to become a leading voice in the Montessori movement in this country.

Her book offers the clearest and most concise statement of the Montessori method of child development and education available today.

Children learning: A teacher's classroom diary

Schocken Books. 1980

Montessori Today: A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Young Adulthood
ISBN: 0805240993

Schocken Books. 1996

Describes the theory and practice of the educational program, emphasizing developmental flexibility, responsibility, and intellectual curiosity for elementary school students

Montessori in the Classroom: A Teacher's Account of How Children Really Learn
ISBN: 0805210873

Schocken. 1997

What really happens inside a Montessori classroom? How do teachers teach? How do children learn? This fascinating day-by-day record of a year in the life of a Montessori classroom answers these questions by providing an illuminating glimpse of the Montessori method in action.

Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three
ISBN: 0805211128

Schocken. 2003

What can parents do to help their youngest children in their task of self-formation? How does the Montessori method of hands-on learning and self-discovery relate to the youngest infants? This authoritative and accessible book answers these and many other questions. Based on Dr. Maria Montessori's instructions for raising infants, its comprehensive exploration of the first three years incorporates the furnishings and tools she created for the care and comfort of babies. From the design of the baby's bedroom to the child-sized kitchen table, from diet and food preparation to clothing and movement, the authors provide guidance for the establishment of a beautiful and serviceable environment for babies and very young children. They introduce concepts and tasks, taking into account childrens' ''sensitive periods'' for learning such skills as dressing themselves, food preparation, and toilet training. Brimming with anecdote and encouragement, and written in a clear, engaging style, Montessori from the Start is a practical and useful guide to raising calm, competent, and confident children.



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