What is Montessori?
Montessori is an approach and philosophy of education developed by Maria Montessori. It is an approach to education that focuses on hands on learning where early years educators follow the individual needs of each child. This includes creating a favourable environment, such as freedom of movement, ordered environment and the use of Montessori learning materials.
Who was Maria Montessori?
Maria Montessori was an Italian doctor and the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome medical school. She was a very important educator of the 20th century. Through close observation of children Montessori was able to develop hands on learning materials and an approach and philosophy to education that is holistic and child centred. She believed that the child’s early years from birth to age six is the period when children have a huge capacity to learn. She observed that children learned best when they can have freedom of movement and use their hands and other senses when exploring materials and objects.