Dr Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was a scientist, doctor and advocate for the rights of children. Twice nominated for a Nobel Prize for contributions to world peace, she was the first woman to graduate from a university in Italy, obtaining a degree in Medicine. She also studied educational philosophy, psychology and anthropology.
It was through her studies of impoverished children that she discovered the exceptional qualities inherent in all children, when given the best conditions for learning. She spent the rest of her life developing her educational ideas and philosophies, which are practiced worldwide today.
Dr Maria Montessori discovered that children learn best if they are given:
- A prepared environment, for practicing the skills they need, prepared by the teacher using scientifically designed materials.
- The opportunity to follow their natural curiosity.
- An environment of love, security, respect and order.
- Tasks appropriate to their level of development to scaffold them to the next level on the learning continuum.
Happy children make the best learners!
“If one is able to harness a child’s innate delight in discovery, to make use of their self-motivation, there is no reason why this enthusiasm for school should fade.”
(Dr Maria Montessori)
Nurturing the Love of Learning: Montessori Education for the Preschool Years
Tim Seldin: Montessori in 55 seconds
Tim Seldin is President of the Montessori Foundation, Chair of the International Montessori Council and Head of the NewGate-Field School. In this short movie, Tim answers the question “What is Montessori”. Runtime: 0:55