About Maria Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician by training, spent numerous years observing and working with children. Building on the ideas of others who worked with children (i.e., Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard, Edouard Séguin, Johann Pestalozzi, and Friedrich Froebel), she established her own ideas, materials and methods.
Beginning in the early 1900s and for the following 50 years she strived to refine her method and developed a stimulating and encouraging program where children learn skills needed to become independent, responsible, and productive individuals.
The over 100 years of success of the Montessori method has encouraged many educators to adopt and carry her method globally. Her work impacted early childhood education astonishingly and forever.