Montessori education was founded in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first lady in Italy to become a physician. She based her educational methods on scientific observation of children’s learning processes. Montessori is a unique educational approach Montessori focuses on the whole child—his cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.
Introducing your child to Montessori as early as possible puts her on the right path to becoming a confident, self-motivated learner.
Guided by her discovery that children teach themselves, Dr. Montessori designed a “prepared environment” in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities. Now, nearly a century after Maria Montessori’s first Casa dei bambini (children’s house) in Rome. Montessori education is found all over the world, spanning ages from birth to adolescence.
Montessori an approach to education that is based on the child’s natural desire to learn, combined with a basic respect for the individual child. She found, through her observations, that children between the ages of birth and 6 years absorbed everything around them like a sponge, and that children learned without effort. She called this phenomenon The Absorbent Mind. It follows that a child’s experience could be enriched by a classroom where he/she could handle materials which would demonstrate basic educational information.
Dr. Montessori observed another childhood trait, termed The Sensitive Periods, which are periods of time during which it is easier for a child to learn a specific skill or concept than at any other period in life. This observation has been confirmed by modern scientific research. The Montessori Classroom takes advantage of these traits, using specialized Montessori materials, and unique ways of showing children how to “teach themselves.”