All readings are available for purchase at the NAMTA website. Please be sure to bring copies of the Required Readings with you to the course, as they will be required for your completion of the course.

To be best prepared, you should read the appendices of From Childhood to Adolescence in advance of the course. You will be asked to read them at least twice more throughout the course. 


From Childhood to Adolescence by Maria Montessori [Appendices A, B, C] should be given several close readings. It is a document that constantly reveals itself to the reader and one that continues to be our informative guide in this work. We will have several seminars on these essays.

To Educate the Human Potential by Maria Montessori will give you a sound perspective of the child at the second plane and development of the elementary curriculum. The whole area of Cosmic Education is critical to our understanding as it sets the stage for third plane work.

Education and Peace by Maria Montessori (Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition).   A seminal work on the foundation of all of Montessori’s work and an inspirational manifesto of social change and educational reform.

The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori (Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition) An analysis of the physical and psychological aspects of a child's growth during the most significant period of life, birth to three years. Montessori illustrates the mental powers of children that enable them to construct all aspects of human personality.


These are not required but may be helpful in your research on Montessori theory.

The Formation of Man by Maria Montessori (Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition)

The Secret of Childhood by Maria Montessori

The above works by Montessori would be helpful in your research of Montessori principles and terminology.

The NAMTA Journal Vol. 26, No.3 Summer 2001: Part 1: The Urban Contribution… Pages 1 through 155 and Part 11: A} Historical Perspective…Pages 175 through 283

The NAMTA Journal Vol. 31, No. 1 Winter 2006: This summary of the proceedings of the 2005 Adolescent Colloquium is an excellent resource on the adolescent. Additional resources include: The Fourth Adolescent Colloquium, The NAMTA Journal 33:3, 2008 and The Fifth Adolescent Colloquium, The NAMTA Journal 34:3, 2009.

Montessori and the Adolescent, AMI Communication double-issue 2011/1-2, This book features previously unpublished lectures by Maria Montessori as well as key articles on Montessori education in the third plane of development.

Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work by E.M. Standing is an excellent historical overview. The guiding principles of Montessori’s work are highlighted throughout this anecdotal overview, in addition to important information on the preparation of the Montessori Guide {Part Four: “The New Relationship”}.

Basic Ideas of Montessori’s Educational Theory [Extracts from Maria Montessori’s Writings and Teachings] The section titled “KEYS TO THE WORLD” is of great importance to the understanding of Montessori pedagogy and should be read with care.


One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.
— Maria Montessori