Theorists Poster

Maria Montessori

Little bit about Maria

*Maria was born on August 31, 1870 in Marche, Italy. She went to college at University of Rome, where she graduated in 1896 and majored in Medical assistant and medicine. In the first year at the university she won a academic prize and got a secured position as a hospital assistant. On March 31 1898, her son Mario Montessori was born. She decided she didn't want to marry. In result the father of her child married. This made her feel betrayed and decided to leave the university hospital and place her son into foster care with a family living in the countryside opting to miss a few years of her sons life. In later years they were reunited.*


Maria later believed that all young children have the ability and desire to learn words. She believed the 5 senses would help to develop cognitive and social skills. Her ages were divided into 4 stages: infant were ages 0-3, preschool 3-6, upper elementary ages 6-9 and 9- 12, middle school 12-14. She believed that educations true role is help to life. She came up with the Montessori Method, which is freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural psychological, physical, and social development.