Title: Montessori from the Start

Author: Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen

Book Summary: ‘Montessori from the Start’ focuses on practical aspects of the Montessori education for children 0-3 years old. It is well written and easy to understand. The book answers a lot of questions and provides practical examples on how to use the Montessori method with young children and how to apply Montessori principles at home. It successfully explains Montessori theory and it’s practical applications in real life. It also provides an advice on how to set up a Montessori environment, what equipment and materials to use.

The book provides information on how one can encourage a child to reach his full potential as a human being. The first pages of the book illustrate the timeline of the two most important aspects of child’s development – fine and gross motor development and instructs whatMontessori materials are the most suitable to encourage this development. This is a helpful guideline, quick reference for any parent. Being a mother has transformed from largely custodial, albeit loving, care into a stimulating, productive discovery of a new being in formation. I was engaged in an intellectual and scientific task of the most immense proportions and significance.