Montessori is a system of education that is both a philosophy of child development and a methodology of guiding each child’s development to its full potential. In a Montessori School children grow in an environment of mutual respect to become responsible world citizens. Every classroom is equipped with Montessori materials. Children experience a spiraling, connected curriculum founded on Montessori principles.
An Italian educator of the early 20th century, Maria Montessori is remembered as the founder of the famous Montessori Method of education which emphasized hands-on, individualized learning within mixed age groups in a child-friendly setting. Her teaching strategies and her discoveries about the process of learning revolutionized the field of education in the United States and profoundly influenced children's education all around the world. Despite the familiarity of her name, few realize that much of the developmental, "hands-on" approach now employed in preschools and kindergartens can be traced to the innovations of Maria Montessori. Although best known as an educator, Montessori's formal training was as a scientist and medical doctor. She is also notable for having been Italy's first female M.D. and for her committed efforts on behalf of children. Montessori risked personal safety especially in the face of Mussolini's fascism of World War II, when she advocated for the fair and ethical treatment of children and for respect of diverse viewpoints. For her tireless efforts, Montessori was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize (1949, 1950, and 1951).
For information about Montessori education in public schools visit the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector http://www.public-montessori.org/