MONTESSORI: WHY IT MATTERS FOR YOUR CHILD’S
SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS
by Charlotte Cushman
Charlotte Cushman has written a readable and delightful book about
Montessori education, based on her long experience as a teacher and head of
school. She suggests answers to parent questions such as “How can a teacher
keep track of so many children?” by pointing out that Montessori teachers work
with children individually, using sequenced materials, and then carefully documenting children’s progress. Another common parent worry she addresses is “When I ask my child what he did in school today, he says nothing”. Cushman explains that young children sometimes cannot visualize what they have done that day, or think of school as their own special place and don’t appreciate being asked about what they do!
Cushman expresses her hope that parents develop an understanding of the Montessori Method and Philosophy so they are able to enjoy and participate in their child’s learning process and see the world from their point of view during the critical period of their life, when they are in the process of creating their mind and communication.