Dr. Maria Montessori, Italy’s first female physician and a world-renowned educator, developed an approach to education that is based on the child’s natural desire to learn, combined with a basic respect for the individual child.
- She found, through her observations, that children between the ages of 0 and 6 years absorbed everything around them like a sponge, and that the children learned without effort. She called this phenomenon “The Absorbent Mind“. It follows that a child’s experience could be enriched by a classroom where he could handle special materials which would demonstrate basic educational information.
- Dr. Montessori observed another childhood trait … “The Sensitive Years” … which are periods of time during which it is easier for a child to learn a specific skill than at any other period of life. This observation has been confirmed by modern scientific research.
The Montessori classroom takes advantages of these traits, using specialized Montessori materials and unique ways of showing children how to teach themselves.