Publishing of three new Polish translations of original works of Maria Montessori
The Secret of Childhood
Early childhood development, an educational method, and the relation of the child to society. The new-born child who is not only a body ready to function as a body, but also has a spiritual embryo with latent psychic capacities. The essence of the Montessori Method. Learn from the children, observing, helping, presenting, rather than teaching or forcing. The adult must play a low-key role; the child chooses his own materials to work with and learns from them because they interest him. Free choice creates concentration, no punishment and reward.
The 1946 London Lectures
The 1946 London course was the first training course given in Europe by Maria Montessori when she and her son Mario returned from seven years of exile in India during World War II. In these 1946 Lectures, six years before her death, the reader can sense that Montessori has travelled the world and has observed, profoundly and scientifically, an immense amount of children. In these lectures, taken down in English by one of her assistants, Maria Montessori speaks with the mature wisdom of a lifetime spent studying, not just early childhood, but human development as a whole: infancy, the elementary-school years and adolescence. The typescript of this course was to have significant pedagogical consequences, since The 1946 Lectures became the foundation of AMI’s 3-6 courses.
The Formation fo Man
In the book The Formation of Man Montessori talks about the psychology of the child during the first four years of life, about the formation of the intelligence of a human personality, how is it formed, by means of what processes and in obedience to what laws? She considers the human personality and not a method of education. "Help given in order that the human personality may achieve its independence." She considers the influence of the environment on the formation of the child, the unconscious mechanism of acquiring its culture and language, the building of its character and the role of the adult in the past and future. She discusses world illiteracy in relation to the alphabet and her method of teaching reading and writing.