Originator of the individualist Montessori educational method


Maria Montessori - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Maria Montessori (August 31, 1870 - May 6, 1952) was an Italian educator, scientist, physician, philosopher, feminist, and humanitarian, and the first early childhood educator to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. ..."


Biography of Maria Montessori: American Montessori Society
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"Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator, acclaimed for her educational method that builds on the way children naturally learn. She opened the first Montessori school—the Casa dei Bambini, or Children's House—in Rome on January 6, 1907. Subsequently, she traveled the world and wrote extensively about her approach to education, attracting many devotees. There are now more than 22,000 Montessori schools in at least 110 countries worldwide."
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As The Sun Shows Itself at Dawn: A tribute to Maria Montessori, by Chris Lewis, The Free Radical
"The reason the Montessori Method is so successful is that it is based on the true nature of Man. Dr Montessori did not have a preconceived theory of education into which she attempted to fit the child (unlike other educationalists such as John Dewey); she did not project a type of individual she wanted to create."
Madam Montessori, by Nancy Shute, Smithsonian, Sep 2002
"Nearly a century ago, a young Italian physician imagined that children would learn better in ... a place where they could choose among lessons carefully designed to encourage their development. ... she maintained, each child must be free to pursue what interests him most at his own pace but in a specially prepared environment."


Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Pre-School Years
    by Elizabeth G. Hainstock, 1968
Related Topic: Homeschooling
Teaching Montessori in the Home: The School Years
    by Elizabeth G. Hainstock, 1971
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Books Authored

Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook: A Short Guide to Her Ideas and Materials, 1914
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The Montessori Method: Scientific Pedagogy as Applied to Child Education in the Children's Houses, 1912
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