Dr. Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori, the first woman medical doctor in Italy, was one of the great pioneers in the study of child development. In 1906, Dr. Montessori began her innovative approach with a group of children who lived in the slum area of San Lorenzo in Rome. Within a year, her accomplishments with these children earned worldwide acclaim and became a landmark in the education of young children. She wrote 25 books on the various aspects of her theory and practice; she formulated her approach for elementary children in 1912.
Montessori schools have been established in over 50 countries. Since her death in 1952, her works have achieved greater popularity than ever before, and the spread of Montessori schools in the United States is reaching phenomenal proportions. Dr. Montessori had the distinction of being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize to acknowledge her work.
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The Montessori Method
Her method, now time-tested for over one hundred years, has achieved success with children throughout the world. There are many advantages that a Montessori experience offers your child:
- Montessori school is a thoroughly positive environment for children.
- Children work at their own pace and at their own level.
- Habits and skills developed in a Montessori classroom remain with the child for a lifetime.
- Each child is taught individually, with the exceptional opportunity to fulfill his or her own unique potential.
- Each child’s unique timetable for growth and development is honored by the teacher when planning what lessons she will give.
- Montessori classrooms are a land of learning for the child, and s/he considers it truly a joyful place to be.
- Through teacher’s guidance, Montessori students channel natural energy and spontaneity toward concentrated tasks, which enhances their focus.
- Montessori materials have an inherent control of error. The children observe and corrects errors by themselves, thereby constructing their own knowledge independently.