Maria Montessori, an Italian physician born in 1870, founded the Montessori Method of education in the early 1900s. Dr. Montessori encouraged ecological responsibility, love of nature, and healthy living and is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological development, as well as technological advancements in society.
In 1907 Maria accepted the challenge to open a childcare center in a poor inner-city district. This became the first Casa dei Bambini, a quality learning environment for young children. The youngsters were unruly at first, but soon showed great interest in working with puzzles, learning to prepare meals, and manipulating materials that held lessons in math. She observed how they absorbed knowledge from their surroundings, essentially teaching themselves.
Utilizing scientific observation and experience gained from her earlier work with young children, Maria designed learning materials and a classroom environment that fostered the children’s natural desire to learn. News of the school’s success soon spread through Italy and by 1910 Montessori schools were acclaimed worldwide.
In the years following, and for the rest of her life, Maria dedicated herself to advancing her child-centered approach to education. She lectured widely, wrote articles and books, and developed a program to prepare teachers in the Montessori Method.
Since then, Dr. Montessori has been recognized as a woman who courageously developed an approach to education that would aid the child in his/her work. This philosophy is based on careful observation of and respect for the natural development of the child and has since been used in schools around the world for more than 100 years.
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