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Maria Montessori
Born: 31-Aug-1870
Birthplace: Chiaravalle, Italy
Died: 6-May-1952
Occupation: Educator/Scientist

Montessori is notable for having been Italy's first female M.D. For her committed efforts on behalf of children, especially in the face of the fascism of World War II, Montessori was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize (1949, 1950, and 1951).

Montessori continued throughout her life to work for the improvement of the lives of children, founding training centers for teachers and dispersing this method of educating children to promote the principles of peace.

Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori had a great skill in recognising, understanding the human capacity and desire for learning. She took great pains to observe children in order to understand their needs, their requirements and observe their joys and inspirations. The Montessori movement has spread all over the world and Montessori schools can be found in far reaching places. Pink towers can be found in classrooms in India, Canada, Ireland, England, Italy, United States and many other countries.

So why has the Montessori movement been so popular?

Montessori has evolved and changed in line with society. Schools have adapted her initial thoughts and concepts to become more current.

The philosophy ignites and excites the teachers imagination as well as the pupils, and this is where Maria Montessori was an absolute genius. She recognised and understood that in order to be a great teacher, one must continue to learn and grow oneself. She knew that teachers need not churn out facts and information like a repetitive recording device, but that they must learn and grow with the children, and become excited about new projects with them. In this way the teacher will always be inspired by the subject and the children will find them to be inspiring and interesting.

We become more passionate when we continue to self improve and learn. To study and practise the Montessori approach can be like unlocking the secret to learning that you wish you had known all your life. Many times have I overheard adults say, “I wish I had been taught the Montessori Maths program because I would have understood more”, or “I can’t believe how incredible it is to learn about history through timelines”.

On many occasions adults have felt empowered by the new concepts, ideas and ways of teaching that Montessori has introduced. Concepts like the Five Great Lessons, Advanced Practical Life Skills, Language Studies, Cultural Studies and Geometry and Grammar.

The Montessori approach offers teachers the opportunity to make their own materials for the classroom and in so doing, fusing their own style with their pupils education. A Montessori teacher is not downtrodden by not knowing enough, she is excited and passionately driven to find out more.

And so, Montessori will always evolve and grow, people will continue to be inspired and create more and more exciting ideas and projects to help children and adults to learn. For this reason Maria Montessori was a very special and gifted person, she gave us a never-ending opportunity to expand and grow ourselves and in so doing, helping to expand and educate children in our schools and homes.

"The teacher's task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child." Maria Montessori

Nati and Laura

"The most difficult thing to make clear to the new teacher is that because the child progresses, she must restrain herself and avoid giving directions, even if at first they are expected; all her faith must repose in his latent powers."

Maria Montessori

"There is in the soul of a child an impenetrable secret that is gradually revealed as it develops."

Maria Montessori

"There is a part of a child's soul that has always been unknown but which must be known. With a spirit of sacrifice and enthusiasm we must go in search like those who travel to foreign lands and tear up mountains in their search for hidden gold. This is what the adults must do who seek the unknown factor that lies hidden in the depths of a child's soul. This is a labour in which all must share, without distinction of nation, race, or social standing since it means the bringing forth of an indispensable element for the moral progress of mankind."

Maria Montessori

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Catherine Greenwood - Montessori Educator

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