THE UNIVERSAL CHILD
GUIDED BY NATURE

Adaptation of the 2013 international Montessori Congress Presentation

by Susan Mayclin Stephenson
56 pages, with 140+ colored pictures
ISBN 978-1-879264-10-6
$16.95



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My friends who do not go to a Montessori school are always asking me what the difference between their school and mine is. Or they ask me to explain what a Montessori school is. After reading this book I think I can tell them.
—12-year-old Montessori student

The Universal Child

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION … 5

Part 1: THE NEEDS AND TENDENCIES
OF THE UNIVERSAL CHILD … 7

exploration; movement; work, maximum effort,
perfection; concentration; self-control

Part 2: HOW TO SHARE MONTESSORI
WITH THE WORLD … 27

finding out what Montessori means;
researching a culture
in preparation for sharing Montessori;
explaining Montessori;
mentoring a new Montessori teacher

Part 3: THE UNIVERSAL CHILD GROWS UP … 42
we all have needs; communication

Part 4: WE ARE GUIDED BY NATURE … 52

RESOURCES … 56


Classroom in the Square

CONGRESS TALKS
Recordings of some of the talks given at the International "Montessori: Guided by Nature" 2013 Congress in Portland, Oregon, can be purchased here: recordings
PowerPoints and printouts of some of the talks can be found by clicking here: info

INTERNATIONAL
CONGRESS HISTORY VIDEO

For almost 100 years these gatherings have provided an opportunity for Montessorians to come together from around the world to share and further their work in aid of the child.
Congresses are open to all. Past congresses:
1929 Helsingor, Denmark; 1931 Nice, France; 1933 Amsterdam, Netherlands; 1934 Rome, Italy; 1936 Oxford, England; 1937 Copenhagen, Denmark; 1938 Edinburgh, Scotland; 1949 San Remo, Italy; 1951 London, England; 1953 Paris, France; 1957 Rome, Italy; 1960 Bad Godesberg, GErmany; 1964 Amsterdam, Netherlands; 1970 Rome, Italy; 1970 Toronto, Canada; 1970 Unesco Paris; 1970 Washington DC; 1972 Palo Alto, California; 1977 Munchen, Germany; 1979 Amsterdam, Netherlands; 1985 Karachi, Pakistan; 1991 Nara, Japan; 1997 Uppsala, Sweden; 1999 Cancun, Mexico; 2001 Paris, France; 2005 Sidney, Australia; 2009 Chennai, India; 1013 Portland, Oregon, USA. The next congress will be held in 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. Keep in touch with the planning at the AMI website:
2017 CONGRESS

CONGRESS OPENING

CONGRESS PHOTOS
People, exhibits, school visits, "Montessori in the Square" (infant community, primary and elementary classrooms in the middle of downtown Portland!), presenters, musicians, and dancers. Click here: photos


Child of the World

Susan speaking at the congress

The Joyful Child

Child of the World: Montessori,
Global Education from Age 3-12+

Child of the World explains what children do in a Montessori school from the age of 2.5 or 3 through high school, in ways that are not only simple and clear, but that give parents and teachers who in more traditional setting ideas to use in helping children learn joyfully, remember what they learn, and develop in many more ways than just academically.

For more information click here: Child of the World

The author of these books has traveled in more than 60 countries, has taught children in several of them, and has worked as a school administrator. As a result her books are especially helpful to dedicated school faculty who never have enough time to help parents use this wisdom at home. Some of the video clips from Susan's talk, which of course could not be included in the print version of her presentation, can be found by here: VIDEOS

A video of her 2013 Montessori Model United Nations keynote address in New York, to 1200 middle school students from 12 countries, can be seen here: MMUN

The Joyful Child: Montessori,
Global Wisdom from Birth to Three

The Joyful Child is used for birth preparation classes, chapter-by-chapter parenting discussion classes, Montessori teacher training courses, online parenting classes, human development classes in middle schools, for families whose children will be entering a Montessori school, and for anyone interested in learning about human development and learning in the first three years of life.

For more information click here: The Joyful Child


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Child of the World
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