Maria Montessori (1870-1952) is best known as the founder of the Montessori Method of Education. She was a Physician, Anthropologist, and Pedagogue who greatly influenced the lives and education of people around the world.
The Montessori Method is based on more than 50 years of scientific research into the process of how children learn as they progress from birth to adulthood. Montessori recognised that every child is born with natural intelligence that can only develop with the right stimulation during their first years of life.
She also discovered that children pass through a number of distinct developmental stages, and that at each stage, children have similar interests, preferred activities, and approaches to learning.
Based on these findings, Montessori developed a framework to provide children with the ideal learning environment, materials, and guidance to fulfil their potential during each crucial stage of their early childhood development.
Montessori education results in high levels of motivation, satisfaction, overall wellbeing and academic competency because it is tailored to each child’s needs and interests. There is a direct link between children’s sense of self-mastery, empowerment, and self-worth, and their ability to learn and retain new skills and information.
Montessori’s work lives on today and continues to be proven successful across diverse cultures and continents because it recognises the child’s innate need for respect, independence, and real-world experience.