The Montessori Method was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), an Italian physician who worked with deprived inner-city children in the early 1900’s and had a particular genius for observing children as they really are rather than as adults wish them to be.
Dr. Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. The children come to feel that learning is a product of their own actions and experiences, not just the result of instruction received from a teacher. A truly educated individual continues learning long after his years in the classroom because he is motivated by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. Dr. Montessori felt that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies, but rather to cultivate a desire to learn. She developed an educational philosophy which focuses on the education of the whole child, with an emphasis on hands-on materials and a carefully prepared environment.
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