It is now a year since the publication of "The Montessori Mother," a year which has brought to the author of that volume a great mass of correspondence and innumerable personal interviews with American mothers interested in the new ideas about the education of young children. This first-hand experience with a wide circle of searchers for information has shown me the need, in the case of mothers untrained in educational methods, of a more concrete and definite and less philosophical presentation of the ideas of the great Italian teacher. This unpretentious manual is designed to meet that need and to be used by mothers of young children. It is also hoped that teachers will receive valuable hits from the suggestions in its pages, which their greater experience and professional training will enable them to expand into school-room exercises. - Foreword.
"There is nothing for us to do but to acknowledge that things have changed, and that if we are to be enlightened and just in our treatment of the children, we shall have to do some fresh thinking on the subject. We do not need new principles. For that matter, there are no new principles. Like everyone else facing new conditions, we need to go back to the oldest of general theories for our guides. We must try to see what truths about humanity and society have been found most enduring and comforting and worth preserving, and then to try to apply them honestly to the changed family life of the present day. About half the articles which follow appeared in a much abridged form in To-day's Magazine. With little notion that they contained anything of more than passing interest, I was astonished by the number of letters they called out, and by the surprise which the application of old principles of social living to contemporary domestic problems seemed to awaken in many readers. All this has heartened me to imitate the simplicity of Goldsmith and, regardless of sly laughs from the learned and sophisticated, to cry aloud with interest and relief my artless discovery of certain great and age-old paths of equity and justice which to-day, as always, may be of comfort and aid in the labyrinth of a parent's life"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).