Maria Montessori was, in many ways, ahead of her time. Born in Italy in 1870, she became the first female physician in Italy when she graduated from medical school in 1896.
Through her medical practice, she became interested in how children learn and ultimately left medicine to become an educator.
Dr. Montessori’s pioneering work created a blueprint for educating children, from the learning disabled to the gifted, and for helping children to become self-motivated, independent and life-long learners.
Many of the concepts that she invented are now commonplace in early childhood education. Ideas that she pioneered include:
That the most important period of life is from birth to the age of six... [as] this is the time when intelligence is being formed.
That early stimulation is very important for success in later learning.
That children learn from an active, hands-on approach that draws on all five senses.
That learning materials should be interesting, reality oriented, and designed to facilitate self-correcting and the refinement of sensory perceptions.
That real learning involves the ability to do things for oneself, not the passive reception of knowledge
That imposing immobility and silence hampers a child 's ability to learn.
That children take a natural pleasure in learning and that the sense of accomplishment that comes from learning is the basis of self-confidence necessary for independence.
Montessori’s philosophy, materials and practices have spread around the globe. Today, there are thousands of Montessori schools in the U.S. As more and more schools incorporate core elements of her model, Montessori has been recognized as having profoundly influenced the educational landscape. Maria Montessori’s philosophy is the founding principle of Montessori Home, Inc. and is woven into every element of Montessori Home’s products. To learn about Montessori Home, Inc.