History of Montessori
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Maria Montessori, a 20th century educational pioneer and the first female physician in Italy, developed what has become known as the Montessori method.  From her interest in Human Development and through observations and findings of how children learn, she was inspired to return to the University of Rome to study psychology and philosophy.   She developed a sensory based curriculum with hands on materials.   In 1906 she founded her first Casa del Bambini (Childrens House) to teach 60 underprivelidged children, the first of many to come.  She can be credited with creating an environment with child-sized furnishings and carefully crafted materials to assist children in their development; things we take for granted in schools or daycares today. The least that can be said of Maria Montessori is that she was a woman with incredible insight, intellect, and genius.

Photo: Maria Montessori
The Montessori experience not only embodies a well-planned environment with Montessori materials but also is a philosophy of education. The philosophy emphasizes each child’s own natural desire to learn. Dr. Montessori believed that the child learns best within a social environment that supports an individual’s unique development. Her knowledge and time-tested experiences have resulted in an international system of schools that provide children with an aesthetically pleasing, well-ordered environment that promotes freedom of choice within structure and allows the child to work at his/her own pace.
“I hear, I forget;
I see, I remember;
I experience,
I understand.”
Dr. Maria Montessori

Dr. Montessori wrote many books and gave many lectures on her educational theory and practice. Her constant emphasis was on the spiritual nature of the child and the importance of striving for world peace by educating children with respect for their dignity and respect for all life. Twice, Montessori was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She traveled, gave training courses, and supervised additional schools as her method grew throughout the world. Dr. Maria Montessori died in Holland in 1952 at the age of 82. Since her death, her work continued to grow and flourish internationally.

For more information about Montessori method please see The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) website.




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