Dr Maria Montessori
Dr Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was Italy's first female medical graduate, distinguishing herself by securing an honours double degree as Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Surgery. She also had an intense, passionate interest in the development of young children. In 1907 Dr Montessori opened the first institution for children below the age of six, which she called Casa dei Bambini (Children's House).
The Montessori Classroom
The Montessori classroom is a prepared environment, a positive and natural place for children to develop individually and gradually, with neither failure nor competition. The purpose of the specially designed equipment of the Montessori prepared environment is to guide the children towards independence in all spheres of development - physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual and social.
What to look for in a Montessori School
As there is no regulating body monitoring the use of the name "Montessori" you will find that not all Montessori schools are the same
In selecting the right Montessori school for your child, you must consider how it meets your expectations, as well as how it suits your child. The only way to make this choice effectively is to carefully research and then observe the school in action.
A large number of books have been written about Montessori Education. Follow this link to our recommended reading list: