Well done! You are nearly there. Graduation is looming around the corner and freedom is soon to come swiftly, or, maybe you are highly anticipating your own graduation even though it might only be the second day in your first semester… Regardless, this article is for you!
Before completing this amazing journey of education, the Montessori experts at St Nicholas Montessori Society Ireland want you to know the “TOP 10 BOOKS EVERY STUDENT SHOULD READ BEFORE GRADUATION”, with the help of our special guest, Sadhbh from St Nicholas Montessori School.
A list of the ten books and their synopses can be found below:
1. The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
This book is written from the perspective of someone with special needs and is a wonderful insight to his life. Every teacher or those interested in Special Education should read this book!
2. Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard
For those interested in getting their feet wet to the field of Montessori, or for those that are unsure of what it is all about, this is the book for you!
3. Towards the Era of Lifelong Learning by John Coolahan
Anyone keen to know the foibles and nuances of the Irish education system? Coolahan provides an in-depth study on the history and current situations of the system in Ireland.
4. The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
One of the most popular or well-known of Montessori’s books, the Absorbent Mind provides new insights and methodologies to understand and educate the child.
5. To Educate the Human Potential by Maria Montessori
This is a great, concise book by Montessori on the inner workings and various ways to educate children from the ages Birth to Six.
6. Children’s Choice: Fern the Green Fairy by Linda Chapman
Maybe you are graduating from Primary school and you’re looking for a good book to read, Sadhbh from St Nicholas Montessori School suggests this book. In this novel, pals Kristy and Rachel go on adventures to find Fern, the green fairy, by traipsing through secret gardens and magical mazes. What adventures await!
7. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
Deeply theoretical yet highly influential, jump into Dawkins’ book on humanity and our neurological processes. From the birth of the world to modern-day society, Dawkins studies human neurological functions and gives an explanation on what makes us, well, us.
8. Children of the Universe by Duffy & Duffy
The creation of the universe, the solar system, the earth, life, humans, and civilisations all make up what is known as ‘Cosmic Education’. Duffy & Duffy explain Maria Montessori’s overall plan for the elementary curriculum.
9. Children’s Choice: The Naughtiest Girl by Enid Blyton
A great series to read when in Primary school. Following the life of rambunctious Elizabeth Allen, this book dives into her ups and downs and adventures at Whyteleafe Boarding School.
10. The Secret of Childhood by Maria Montessori
One of Montessori’s best-known books, The Secret of Childhood can be summated in one phrase: Follow the Child. This methodology is pivotal and distinctive to Montessori education, as many other educational routes have a strict curriculum that they must adhere to. Montessori, on the otherhand, is much more flexible and understanding of each child’s specific needs. This methodology, Follow the Child, is the flexible practice in which the educator deciphers the need of the child and provides specific tools to work on that need individually.
Every student should explore different pedagogies and philosophies when studying, and there is no better time than before graduation! The Montessori pedagogy is a life-changing methodology that can be used in any context, whether that is in the education sector or the technology industry.
These books can be found wherever books or sold, distributed or rented. Check them out today! (No pun intended)