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Publisher's Summary

The Absorbent Mind was Maria Montessori's most in-depth work on her educational theory, based on decades of scientific observation of children. Her view on children and their absorbent minds was a landmark departure from the educational model at the time. This book helped start a revolution in education. Since this book first appeared there have been both cognitive and neurological studies that have confirmed what Maria Montessori knew decades ago.

©2019 Maria Montessori (P)2020 Maria Montessori

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  • Nathan Bowersox
  • 2021-06-11

Not for me

Not interested in Marxism and how nature behaves like a socialist state and why we need to change. Sorry not my beliefs and I find it hilarious the beginning of the book talks about turning your kids into engineers and doctors (highest paying jobs in our capitalists society.) The intelligentsia making scientific observations of other creatures in the animal kingdom does not set a baseline for humans actions. Speaking of the intelligentsia, eugenics was Hitlers favorite topic stemming from American intelligentsia.
Countless inaccuracies on historical depictions, the Nazi youth did not run the country and many children died in experimental trials with new equipment or combat at the end of the war. The Versailles Treaty and inflation to pay their insane debt killed Germany. Poverty and the debauchery tied with it drove the nation to abuse drugs and drink everything away creating a push for a social reform.
I came expecting to learn about the absorption of information and found this strange book. I can appreciate the learning methods tied with the Montessori way. Haven’t written a review before but this book shouldn’t be shared. Completely irrelevant unless you are looking to recreate the USSR. Couldn’t finish the book to be clear.

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  • God's Girl
  • 2022-04-02

Does not follow book

The audio book is not the same as the book. This is what I was looking for.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-11-28

Different from hard copy

I enjoyed listening to this book. However, this edition is different from the hard copy and from the kindle edition I have of the same title.

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  • Daniel Podea
  • 2022-05-24

life changing

absolutely wonderful. it made me appreciate more my responsibility as a parent and made me realize how crucial are the first years of life. i wish this book was better known in our society and not just an education available just for the rich.

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  • Janina
  • 2022-03-29

This needs to be narrated by someone else

Love the book itself, however the reader was just BORING and lifeless
Frankly kinda wanted a refund.
For someone with ADHD this narrator just put me to sleep and had ZERO of my attention.

Kinda reminded me of those social media clips where they have Siri reading their caption…

SMH

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  • Brenda Quesada
  • 2022-01-08

Great narration

It was very inspiring to listen the narrative with all this feelings, I was like listening Maria Montessori writing with her enthusiasm. I loved it

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-09-28

sounded like Siri reading but overall okay

the narrator was not very good. it sounded like Siri was reading the whole book. she made several--actually, multiple mistakes-- in execution of reading the material- in pauses and intonation -but overall the material written by Montessori was interesting and engaging. I did find it difficult at times to remain engaged and paying attention as things became too technical or sounded as if they were scattered in thought processes, but overall good information and definitely applicable still to this day even though the book was written in 1949. I look forward to being able to use it in my own education of my child and hopefully in life.

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  • Sinopemoon
  • 2021-08-25

Robotic narration is awful

The delivery is so wooden and so divorced from truly understanding what she is saying that I can’t comprehend it’s meaning. Montessori’s writings are deep and I hoped that an audiobook would help. Please skip this

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  • Julio
  • 2021-03-20

Awesome Book

Maria Montessori never stops surprising me with her knowledge. Love her perspective of life overall. The last chapter: wow.