The Montessori Method of educating children is the lifework of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), the first woman in Italy to receive a medical degree. She became keenly interested in child development and her academic interests included psychiatry, anthropology and education.
Dr. Montessori studied children across cultures and demographics. She discovered how each child, moving through different phases of childhood, could reach their full potential in a carefully designed environment that fulfilled their individual needs. Through her work, she recognized each child as an individual who pursues experiences that develop their capabilities. Children are not ‘empty vessels’ waiting to be filled with knowledge.
For over 110 years, the Montessori Method has guided the education of children throughout the world. Many great thinkers who were once Montessori students attribute their educational influence to their approach to life and work.