About Dr. Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori, the first woman M.D. in Italy, was one of the great pioneers in the study of the development of the very young. She has truly impressive credentials when, in 1908, she began her now famous method of educating young children. A background in mathematics, engineering and biology preceded her study of medicine. Graduated from Rome University Medical School in 1896, she was appointed Assistant Director at the Rome University Psychiatric Clinic. Her work during the next three years with developmentally disabled children reflected not only deep compassion but also rigorous scientific quality. She designed the special materials and scientifically prepared an environment she deemed essential for the meaningful education of her pupils. Dr. Montessori succeeded brilliantly and received world acclaim. Montessori believed she could apply her revolutionary ideas to the education of all children, and to this end she embarked on a program of intensive studies at Rome University. During the years from 1901 to 1908, Montessori studied philosophy and psychology.
Dr. Montessori began her innovative method with a group of children in the slum area of San Lorenzo, Rome. In a year, her success with these children was of worldwide interest. A major landmark in education of the young children was established. Between 1912 and the end of her life, she put her ideas into twenty-five books and pamphlets on various aspects of her education theory and practice. Dr. Montessori died in Holland in 1952 at the age of 82.
The Montessori Classroom
Intellectual exercises are made available to the children because of their interest in conscious constructive activities. Montessori is geared toward the experience of learning not product producing. They learn how to learn and experience the joy of learning that follow them throughout their educational career and their life.