What is Montessori?
The Montessori method of Education is based on the developmental needs of the child for freedom within limits, and a carefully prepared environment. This guarantees exposure to materials and experiences through which intelligence is developed as well as physical and social abilities. The children are treated with respect and allowed to develop at their own pace.
Who was Dr. Maria Montessori?
Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was born in Italy and trained as a doctor. She was the first Italian woman doctor of her day and went on to lecture at university and then studied philosophy and psychology. She became an educationalist and devoted her life to working on behalf of the child. Dr Montessori's main objective was to help children everywhere reach their maximum learning potential, while becoming well-balanced individuals able to cope with the pressures of modern day living. Montessori education provides a range of experiences, which will stimulate a child's love of learning and discovery.
When did it start?
In 1907 Maria Montessori opened her first school, Case dei Bambini, in a slum in Rome. St. Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland started on May 10th 1970.