A 100 year old way of learning, now at your fingertips.
ABOUT THE MONTESSORI METHOD
Montessori understood that a uniform approach to education does not work for everyone because everyone learns differently and at their own pace. As a result, she created a prepared environment to accommodate a wealth of interests. The Montessori method concentrates on the individual needs of the student. Children are instructed as they pursue their own passions. Ultimately, children learn because they want to learn not because they are told today what to learn. Here, at Montessorium, we remain faithful to this tradition.
WHO WAS MARIA MONTESSORI?
Widely known as the first female Italian physician of the modern period, Maria Montessori was born in Italy in 1870. Her medical practices permitted her an interest in observing how children learn and in what capacities. Montessori ascertained that when offered the freedom to follow their own interests, children are inspired to pursue education. Children need a prepared environment, a classroom complete with beautiful materials to entice their senses. They must be allowed to follow their own interests, at their own pace.In 1907, she opened her first ‘Children’s House’, to international acclaim, in Rome. Pioneering a new form of education, centered specifically on the child, her principles and method spread throughout the world, producing a global vision for education that persists to this day. Maria Montessori died in the Netherlands in 1952.
Maria Montessori believed that children acquire a knowledge of the world through their senses. As a physician, she created a very precise set of sensorial materials to help promote and increase early childhood development. These unique materials were designed to allow a child to learn at their own pace, following their own interests. Montessori observed that the most important period of life, in terms of physical, emotional and intellectual maturation, occurs at this crucial time. As she discovered, the senses are never more alive and impressionable. Specifically constructed to offer immediate and positive feedback, these scientifically tested materials have been in existence for over one hundred years. We now offer them to you at the simple touch of the fingertips.
TAKE MONTESSORI FURTHER
Interested in taking Montessori one step further? Maybe you would like to check out your local Montessori school. One of the most important things to consider, however, is if the Montessori school is certified and if the teachers are Montessori trained. Anyone can use the Montessori name so it is important to research the qualifications of the school. There are two recognized Montessori associations that can accredit schools in the United States. The first is the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), founded by Maria Montessori, and the second is the American Montessori Society (AMS). Pictured to the right is Baan Dek, founded by Bobby and June George.