Montessori in Practice
Observations of a First Generation Montessorian
Rediscover the writings of a real Montessori sage. What is the meaning of scientific pedagogy? Why is adequate training even more important than the materials? Are multi-age groupings necessary? What does "follow the child" imply?
Enlivened by real-life stories and personal insights, this is a fascinating collection of forty of Lakshmi Kripalani's Public School Montessorian
articles (1989-1998) and a compelling resource for understanding Montessori education in the U.S.
Trained in 1946 by Maria Montessori in Karachi, India. Lakshmi Kripalani's down-to-earth perspective on "what Montessori really meant" offers today's teachers invaluable insights and a wealth of practical tips. Always enthralling, sometimes surprising, and often controversial, this volume offers anecdotes from Kripalani's time in a refugee camp after the partition of India, where she set up a school and even used pebbles for unit beads. Paperback, 173 pages.
Kripalani was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award from AMS in 2010. Kripalani also has a second volume More Montessori in Practice (R506)
with topics timely to today's Montessorians.About the Author
Teacher, Montessori directress and teacher-trainer, consultant, lecturer, columnist, lifetime MENSA member, and poet, Lakshmi Kripalani's unique experience with Montessori education in a variety of settings and her work with Dr. Montessori (and Montessori's son Mario) led Kripalani to open the Montessori Center of New Jersey teacher-training center in 1966.
A member of AMI, AMS, and NAMTA, Kripalani received many recognitions for her work within and for the Montessori community. With a career that spanned some 70 years, Lakshmi was a devoted Montessorian for the better part of Montessori history. She passed away, peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
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