About Dr. Montessori
Maria Montessori was born in 1870 and was the first woman to be granted a medical degree by an Italian university. Influenced by the work of Seguin and Itard in France, Montessori designed materials and techniques that allowed children to work in areas previously considered beyond their capacity.
The Montessori method is based on love of the child and respect for his natural capabilities.
Montessoris life work began with a group of disadvantaged children in 1907 when she opened her famous Casa de Bambini.
Dr. Montessori discovered that children have an amazing capacity to absorb knowledge from their surroundings. Children teach themselves! This is the underlying theme that Montessori stresses throughout her philosophy of early childhood education.
Montessori saw in the child a natural desire to work and learn. She believed the first six years of life to be the most important in human development. She also believed in innovation in the classroom. Her whole approach to education was in the spirit of constant education based on the observation of the child. Dr. Montessori died in 1952. Today, after almost 75 years of international application, the Montessori method thrives in the United States with more than 3,000 schools established since 1957.
"The Montessori method is based on love of the child and respect for his natural capabilities"