Who was Maria Montessori?
Maria Montessori was born in 1870 in Italy and became the first woman to receive a medical degree, from the University of Rome. In the first decade of the twentieth century Dr. Montessori observed children carefully and experimented with different materials and teaching methods. She visited various schools throughout Europe seeking effective teaching approaches. Unimpressed with the teaching styles and methods of the day and based on careful observation and experimentation with children; Dr. Montessori developed the world famous Montessori Method and Materials.
What is a Montessori Education?
The method consists of a philosophy and a curriculum. The educational philosophy explains the nature of the child. The detailed and sequential curriculum supports the needs of the child. The alignment of both provides harmony between the learner and the curriculum. Children in Montessori classes move freely around the room, choose their own work, and learn at their own pace. They learn the same kinds of things as children in traditional classes, but learning occurs through self-paced, hands-on activities rather than teacher-directed planned lessons. The primary goal of Montessori is to help children learn concentration, coordination, self-discipline, order and love for learning.