Maria Montessori

Within the CHILD lies the FATE of the FUTURE!

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Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator, best known for her educational method that is based on the way children naturally learn.

She was born on August 31, 1870, in Chiaravalle, Italy, Maria grew up in Rome. A place of many libraries, museums, and fine schools to learn from and gain knowledge.

It was this inner craving for knowledge that led her to unsheathe the educational/development theory that holds her name.


In 1907 Montessori was put in charge of the Casa dei Bambini school. By 1925, more than 1,000 schools had opened in the U.S. although the Montessori movement had started to die down in 1940, the 1960's breathed new life into the cause and the movement was revived under the hand of Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch.

Montessori's childhood was filled with knowledge. From her well-educated parents, to her time in Rome, she grew up with an astounding thirst for knowledge that paved the way for her later work.

during WWII Maria had to flee to India where she created Education for Peace which earned her two nominations for a Nobel Peace Prize.

The Montessori Method


This method is based on the belief that every child has innate talents and that the teacher should take advantage of those talents and teach them when they are in certain "sensitive periods when a child's mind is receptive to learning".

Method in action

The center of the method includes The Montessori classroom which is set around three key points: the teacher, the child and the environment.

Montessori classes consist of children of different ages, which more closely resembles a real-world environment. The younger children (ages 3-5) focus their 'work' on materials that develop cognition through the 5 senses through direct experience. The teacher observes the child's learning and guides them through the next few stages and helps as needed but not unnecessary.

The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.’