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Montessori Education

Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori [between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]
Credit: Bain News Service, Library of Congress [public domain]

This week, January 6 marks the 108th anniversary of Maria Montessori opening her first school. Dr. Maria Montessori was born in Ancona, Italy, in 1870. She became the first female physician in 1896 in Italy then pursued her interest in learning styles and earned her role as a professor of anthropology at the University of Rome in 1901.  In 1906, she left her university position and medical career to found the first Casa dei Bambini (Children’s House) working with a group of 60 children in Rome. At this school, she developed what has evolved into Montessori method of education.

The Montessori method is born out of the theory that children teach themselves. Each Montessori school facilitates “prepared environments” and “materials for development” in multi-age groups that encourages children to choose learning activities and progress in their educational skills. Montessori schools are worldwide. In the United States, there are more than 4,000 private and 200 public schools that incorporate Montessori principles.

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