Montessori is a system of education for young children that seeks to develop natural interests and activities rather than the use of formal teaching methods. Developed around 1909 – 1915, the Montessori education system has proven to be an effective and reliable method that is popular throughout the world.
Dr. Maria Montessori
Founder of the Montessori system, was an Italian physician and educator. She discovered that experimental learning (using things from around the environment) led to a better and deeper experience compared to formal education systems. She believed that children can learn through their own experience and at their own pace, responding at any moment to the natural curiosities that exist in all humans. By encouraging a child to tap into their desire to explore and discover, they are therefore able to build a solid foundation for life-long learning. As a result, Maria Montessori concluded that children had the power to educate themselves when placed in an environment where activities were designed to support their natural development.