Introducing Maria Montessori
Italy’s first female doctor and founder of the Montessori Method Education, Maria Montessori was also a remarkable and courageous individual who recognized the potential of children in changing the nature of society provided they were nurtured and allowed to develop freely.
Thrice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Maria Montessori was noted for her body of work as an educational reformist, and advocator of women’s rights, a humanitarian and a professor of pedagogy.
She developed the Montessori method of education which is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.
In Montessori classrooms, children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process.