What is Montessori?
Maria Montessori was one of the most important early year's educators of the 20th century, the innovator of classroom practices and ideas which have had a profound influence on the education of young children the world over.
She was the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome medical school and became interested in education through her work as a doctor, treating what today are known as children with special needs. When she went on to establish schools for the disadvantaged children of working parents in Rome she approached their education as a scientist, using the classroom as her laboratory for observing children and finding ways to help them to achieve their full potential.
The Montessori Method
It soon became apparent that Dr. Montessori had developed a highly effective method of teaching which could be used with great success with each and every child. She began to travel the world, establishing schools, lecturing about her discoveries and writing many articles right up to her death in Holland in 1952 at the age of 82. She was a true pioneer of child-centred education. Her innovative classroom practices and ideas have had a profound influence on the education of young children all over the world.
How Children Learn
Montessori saw that children learn best by doing and that happy self-motivated learners form positive images of themselves as confident, successful people. She created specially designed resources to foster independence and a love for learning from an early age.
The Montessori approach is holistic and aims to develop the whole child. Fundamental to the approach is the belief that a child's early years from birth to six are the period when they have the greatest capacity to learn.
Montessori Success Stories
We firmly believe that starting a Montessori Education at an early age gives our children the greatest possible start in life. There are many well known people who have attended Montessori, and here's what they say about it.
Sergey Brin & Larry Page - Google founders
When Barbara Walters, who interviewed Brin and Page in 2004, asked if having parents who were college professors was a major factor behind their success, they instead credited their early Montessori education. "We both went to Montessori School," Mr. Page said, "and I think it was part of that training of not following rules and orders, and being self-motivated, questioning what's going on in the world, doing things a little bit differently."
Anne Frank - Renowned World War II diarist.
According to her friend, Hanneli Goslar, Anne showed aptitude for reading and writing at an early age, a talent that was nurtured in her Montessori School. She frequently wrote at school, and was outspoken, energetic, extroverted, telling all, from a young age, that one day she wanted to be a published author.
Jeffrey P. Bezos - founder of Amazon.com
Bezos attended a Montessori School. By his Mother's account, the young Jeffrey got so engrossed in the details of activities at his Montessori School that teachers had to pick him up in his chair to move him to new tasks.
Other famous Montessorians include Princes William and Harry, Actors George Clooney and Alan Rickman, Jackie Kennedy, Chelsea Clinton and actresses Helen Hunt and Anne Hathaway.