About Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was a physician, educator, and noted humanitarian, and was the first woman to earn the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Rome. Early in her career, she was invited to oversee the care and education of a group of children of working parents.

In her observations and practice

In her observations and practice, Dr. Montessori found that children of nearly all capabilities will learn on their own, and the more independence they are granted, the more confident and successful they are in learning.

Only five years after opening her first classroom, Montessori's methods were approved for use in public schools in Italy and Switzerland, and the next year in Paris, the UK, the US, and many other countries. Today, Montessori education is practiced in an estimated 20,000 schools worldwide, serving children from birth to eighteen years old.

"The human hand allows the mind to reveal itself."
— Dr. Maria Montessori
For more information about the Montessori Method, see:
Kramer, Rita (1976). Maria Montessori. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Lillard, Angeline (2008), Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, New York: Oxford U. Press USA


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