Dr. Maria Montessori

Born in Ancona, Italy, in 1870, Maria Montessori was the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome Medical School. Upon graduation, she specialized in treating children. Over time she began to teach, preparing materials, taking notes and reflecting on her observations and work. In 1907 she opened the first “Casa De Bambini” or Children’s House, a childcare centre in the San Lorenzo slums of Rome.  As a scientist, Dr. Montessori made careful observations of the children in the environment and through these observations came to conclusions that modern science is only now beginning to recognize.

“I have studied the child. I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it and that is what is called the Montessori method.”

Montessori based this program on her observations that children learn best in an environment filled with developmentally appropriate materials that provide experiences that contribute to the growth of self-motivated, independent learners. She believed that “a child’s work is to create the person he/she will become.” This is achieved through purposeful movement, exploration and discovery of their environment.  Montessori’s discoveries and method have proven themselves for over a century around the world.

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