International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. As we celebrate this day, we want to give tribute to Maria Montessori, an early pioneer in childhood education.
In her earlier years as a physician, Maria Montessori focused on psychiatry and developed a deep interest in childhood education. In 1907 she was given an opportunity to open a brand new center for childcare. This became the first learning center of quality, or a Casa Dei Bambini, for younger children. The kids had difficulty concentrating and learning at first, but they began to calm down with Montessori’s use of puzzles, and materials that the children could manipulate that taught them math, and learning all about preparing their meals. She concluded that the children absorbed knowledge by observing their surroundings and in that process, they actually taught themselves.
By 1910 the Montessori style of education became well known throughout the world and moving forward, Maria spent the rest of her life dedicated to her cause teaching others to follow her footsteps by using the Montessori methods.
We thank Maria Montessori for her success in creating the Montessori style of learning and we thank all of our Montessori School of Milton teachers for all the hard work they put in daily, to bring top-quality Montessori education and spreading their passion for the Montessori method.
“We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.” – Maria Montessori