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The Montessori Method

Overview  

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After years of observing children at work and at play, the Italian Dr. Maria Montessori founded the first Casa de Bambino (Children's House) to test her theories on education in 1907. Her method - which went on to become the most widely used pedagogy in the world - introduced a radical approach to education that maximizes each child’s individual drives and strengths, using materials that stimulate self-teaching, to develop lifelong learners.

Everything about the method, including the unique layout of a traditional Montessori classroom with its classic Montessori materials, creates an environment strategically designed to let children discover their own inner set of drives and strengths. A Montessori education fosters a love of learning while laying the foundation for independence and responsibility.

Montessori children are unusually adaptable. Since they’ve been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, these children are problem solvers who can make appropriate choices and manage their time well. They have been encouraged to exchange ideas and discuss their work freely with others, and have learned to work both independently and in groups. Their strong communication skills and inner confidence ease the way in new settings. They are equipped to become leaders and pioneers.

Superwoman Was Already Here

Why Montessori

Comparison of Traditional Public v Montessori Education

Montessori Mafia
So many of today's top creative executives and technological pioneers attended Montessori schools that The Wall Street Journal was inspired to run a story on “The Montessori Mafia.”

Props to Dr. Maria

Research Shows...

The best predictor of future success is a positive sense of self-esteem. Montessori programs, based on self-directed, non-competitive activities, help children develop strong self-images and the confidence to face challenges and change with optimism.

"Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war."

- Dr. Maria Montessori

Famous Alum

Montessori alumni include Bill Gates, Washington Post owner/editor Catherine Graham, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Anne Frank, Princes William and Harry, George Clooney, Gabriel Garcia Maquel, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and the co-founders of Google,to name just a few.

“The essential thing is to arouse such an interest that it engages the child’s whole personality.”

- Dr. Maria Montessori