Maria Montessori: The Method
Maria Montessori developed a scientific approach to facilitate learning and to encourage the development of a well-rounded person.
Her approach was to create a "Prepared Environment" which allows the child to have freedom to select activities from a "smorgasbord" of attractive, hands-on learning materials.
Her method succeeds because it draws its principle from the natural development of the child.
Mixed age groups
Freedom of movement & Learning
Teacher warmth and sensitivity
Sensitive periods for learning
Self- discipline through activity
Maria Montessori: A Brief Summary of Her Life
"Education", wrote Montessori, "is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences."
Order, beauty, cleanliness
Consideration for others
Freedom of choice
Children's right to dignity
Dr. Maria Montessori was born in Italy. With a background in Mathematics, Engineering, Biology and Anthropology. She opened a small school in Rome, Italy in 1907.
Dr. Montessori developed her method of education by observing the developmental needs of the children and by meeting these needs through concrete learning experiences.
She opened many Montessori schools in India and in 1916, traveled to America to give teacher training courses. Dr. Montessori continued her research on the development of children 2 1/2 to 6 years of age, including new born and adolescent children. She died in 1952.
Today, new research suggests that children who attend Montessori schools may have an edge over other children in terms of both academic and social development.
"Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society".
Dr. Maria Montessori