What is Montessori?
Maria Montessori, born in 1870, was the first woman physician in Italy and later became a world renowned educator. She spent many years observing and working with children. In this process she created a new vision of education for children, which is often thought of as the “education for life.” Her philosophy is based on the natural development of children and their intrinsic desire to explore, discover, and learn from the world around them.
She believed that each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed. Her methodology became known as The Montessori Method – a way to develop children as independent, confident, and intellectually curious young citizens. The Montessori Method was well received by the world and her ideas were adopted by many other educators who carry on her work. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world. Today Montessori schools and programs found all over the world and her work has influenced the field of Early Childhood Education at every level.
Montessori Philosophy is a unique auto-education process developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1907 to educate children through direct control of their environment. Montessori education is based on inspiration and utilization of the entire developmental potential (i.e. physical, cognitive, social, and emotional) of the child. Montessori believed that the most important period of life is the period from birth to the age of six, during the time when man’s intelligence, his greatest implement, is being formed.