Montessori On The Park
St Marks Gate
Dr Maria Montessori was one of the most influential pioneers in early childhood education in the 20th century. Her ideas have become
known and recognised throughout the world over a period of more than ninety years and yet her work still seems fresh, modern and
child-centered when encountered for the first time.
Dr Montessori was born in Italy in 1870. Her original interest was in medicine; she was the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome Medical School and gradually became interested in education through her work as a doctor. Because of her medical background she approached education not as an educator or a philosopher but as a scientist.
Working with some of the poorest and most disadvantaged children of working parents in Rome she used the classroom as a laboratory for observing them and for developing ideas and materials which would help them to achieve their full potential.
Her theories were tailored to the developmental needs of the growing child but also sprang from Montessori's intense love and respect for all children.
So great was the success of her Montessori method that she travelled the world, establishing schools in Europe and America and lecturing about her discoveries. She wrote numerous books and many articles right up until her death in 1952 at the age of 82.
She left the legacy of a method of education, which combines a practical approach based on a carefully planned learning environment with a philosophy centred on the idea of freedom for the child.
All children, says Montessori, are intrinsically motivated to learn and they absorb knowledge without effort when provided with the right kind of activities at the right time in their development.
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The secret of good teaching is to regard the children's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds are sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim therefore is not merely to make the children understand, and still less to force them to memorise, but so to touch their imagination as to enthuse them to their inmost core. We do not want complacent pupils but eager ones; we seek to sow life in children rather than theories, to help them in their growth, mental and emotional as well as physical.
We recommend these books that will help you to understand the Montessori Philosophy. We feel that if is very important for our parents to know why we feel that this way of working with the children is so wonderful.
The Secret of Childhood (1972), by Maria Montessori, Ballantine Books.
The Discovery of the Child (1988), by Maria Montessori ABC Clio Ltd.
The Absorbent Mind (1988), by Maria Montessori ABC Clio Ltd.
Education for a New World (1994), by Maria Montessori ABC Clio Ltd.
The Child, Society and the World (1989), by Maria Montessori ABC Clio Ltd.
Montessori, A Modern Approach (1972), by Paula Polk-Lillard, Schocken
Our Peaceful Classroom (1991), by Aline Wolf, Parent Child Press
"Education must no longer be regarded only as a matter of teaching children, but as a social question of the highest importance, because it is the one question that concerns all mankind. The many other social questions have to do with one group or another of adults, with relatively small numbers of human beings; the social question of the child, however, has to do with all men everywhere."