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Born in the town of Chiaravalle, in the province of Ancona, Italy on August 31, 1870, Italian physician Maria Montessori became one of the first female physicians in Italy upon her graduation from medical school in 1896. Shortly afterwards, she was chosen to represent Italy at two different women's conferences, in Berlin in 1896 and in London in 1900.
In her medical practice, her clinical observations led her to analyze how children learn, and she concluded that they build themselves from what they find in their environment. Working in the first half of the 20th century, Dr. Maria Montessori is one of the most influential pioneers in early childhood education. Through observations and working with children, Dr. Montessori discovered that children are innate learners and sensorial explorers who learn best in a homelike setting and in a prepared environment with developmental appropriate materials.
With over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world, Dr. Montessori’s child-centered educational approach values the human spirit and development of the whole child.
Most of a child’s brain development happens in the first six years of his/her life. We strive to make the most of these critical years with rich, learning opportunities. Below are just a few of the many benefits that the Montessori/”Whole Child” approach instills on children:
Sense of individuality – Montessori education recognizes that children all learn in different ways. Each student’s education is tailored to their unique needs and learning pace to ensure they reach their highest potential.
Sense of a close, caring community – The multi-age classroom gives older children the leadership benefits of serving as role models and mentors, while the younger children feel supported from the gentle guidance of their peers and teachers. The home-like environment and loving atmosphere recreates a family structure to help children gain confidence about any challenges they may face.
Sense of discipline – Montessori classroom materials, daily routines and hands-on learning experiences are designed to provide children with the freedom and tools to pursue their curiosities, while also helping them become cognizant of recognizing and learning from their mistakes as they mature.
Sense of creativity – Given the freedom of “self-regulation” and self-expression, children are able to work collaboratively, think critically, and act boldly to pursue the answers to their own questions—developing their creative spirits.
Sense of balance – Montessori’s “whole child” approach caters to all aspects of the development of child— physical, social, emotional, and cognitive — allowing children to become well-rounded individuals when they set off into the real world.