Montessori, Maria

“Mother” Maria of Montessori Philosophy

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Maria Montessori was born August 31, 1870 and died May 6, 1952. She was the first woman in Italy to earn a medical degree. She had many talents in her day; physician, educator, and devout catholic but she is most famous for her learning philosophy and the Montessori method. The Montessori philosophy still lives on today in many public and private schools all over the world. The Montessori philosophy is really about the child making decisions and having desires about learning something in particular. There is no rigid controlled school curriculum but an environment filled with learning opportunities and choices.She believed that each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed, rather than as a "blank slate" waiting to be written upon.(This sentence was taken from Retrieved from The teachers set no limits and provide age-appropriate curriculum on shelves for children to choose what is inviting to them. Maria Montessori first took her learning beliefs and methods to a “Children’s House”, which was part of a project in the slums. These children were known as wild, unruly and hard to reach, but soon she saw potential in these children and great results developed. The children enjoyed learning in this way and made huge improvements in their education. She also worked with children of special needs and had so much success as well. Soon many schools were developing the Montessori philosophy and curriculum.  

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This YouTube video is and introduction to Montessori Philosophy and Materials.

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist."”


“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” Maria          Montessori quotes.                                                                                  
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Pictures of the well known Maria Montessori.

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This video is a brief look at Maria Montessori's philosophy and the child as a learner. A Davidson Film

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