Learn about Montessori
What is Montessori?
This is a very common question that we get from parents. Basically, it’s an educational method where multi-aged children are grouped together based on their periods of development. They learn in a family-like setting that allows each child to experience a variety of roles. As the youngest in the group, the child learns from the older children. They then assume greater responsibility as the “middle” children, and are role models when they become the oldest in the classroom setting. This gives them the unique opportunity to learn from and teach each other.
This method was founded by Maria Montessori who was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator, acclaimed for her educational method that builds on the way children naturally learn. She opened the first Montessori school—the Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House—in Rome on January 6, 1907. Subsequently, she traveled the world and wrote extensively about her approach to education, attracting many devotees. There are now more than 22,000 Montessori schools in at least 110 countries worldwide. Utilizing scientific observation and experience gained from her 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. To read the rest of her biography visit AMSHQ.org.