Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952) graduated as Italy`s first female medical doctor she embarked on a career that led her to work with children excluded from the educational system. Through her observations and studies, she went on to develop a method of education which is now used throughout the world with children of all abilities, from birth to eighteen years old.
Dr Montessori believed passionately that world peace could only be achieved through the work we do within our classrooms – to help children become tolerant, self confident citizens guided by moral values which will help them to grow into strong, curious, socially and intellectually capable adults. The Montessori method transcends cultures, faiths, linguistic traditions and political systems.
“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and the greater possibilities of their future”
–Dr. Maria Montessori
Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori environment, children make creative choices in their learning, while the environment and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Children work in groups and individually to discover and explore knowledge of the world and to develop their maximum potential.
Specialty of a Montessori Environment:
- An aspect of child development
- Creating a match between the child’s natural interests and the available activities
- Can learn through their own experience and at their own pace.
- Can respond at any moment to the natural curiosities that exist in all humans
- Build a solid foundation for life-long learning
Above all, Montessori environment at all levels nurture each child’s individual strengths and interests. Montessori education encourages children to explore their world, and to understand and respect the life forms, systems and forces of which it consists.