Who is Maria Montessori and how Montessori method was developed?

The foundations of the Montessori Method were laid by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first Italian female physician who was born in Chiaravalle, Italy, on 31st August, 1870.

As she pursued her medical career, she became interested in child psychology and in 1897 joined a research program advocating focus on the child’s health, and psychiatry in children who were intellectually challenged.

As Dr. Montessori implemented her educational theories, she observed positive results and thus she decided to adapt her teaching methods, going even further experimenting scientifically, observing which teaching methods would work best for normal children.

Her first school “Casa Dei Bambini” made unexpected educational gains for the poor children of San Lorenzo, Italy, and the program was proclaimed a success.

With time, through hard work and dedication, Dr. Maria Montessori got recognition around the globe. She travelled, lectured widely, wrote articles and books, and developed a program to prepare teachers in six continents by setting up Montessori teachers training centers.

Montessori Education is a personalized education system which is based on each child’s development stage. It encourages a child to work on his own pace of learning by incorporating his potential and strengths to accomplish goals individually and as a part of a group. It caters to children of all backgrounds, develops the children’s interest in the learning process all the while providing opportunities to grow intellectually and socially.