Maria Montessori was the first woman in Italy to qualify as a doctor. She founded an educational philosophy that spread rapidly around the world. She worked on her observational skills as a clinician working with children in Rome in the early 1900's. She maintained that children are driven by individual internal needs that correspond to their own unique development stages and that they themselves are 'tiny teachers'. Maria Montessori devised a 'Prepared Environment' offering materials and activities covering all area's of development: intellectual, social, physical, emotional and spiritual. The materials are beautifully crafted, enticing and presented within an orderly and structured framework. Within this environment the child is given free choice to interact with these materials and to do so freely and independently. Each activity has a specific developmental purpose and provides opportunity for self-correction - vital for self esteem. 'Working it out for myself ' builds and enhances self confidence and leads children to independance.
Visitor's invariably comment on how quiet a Montessori setting is and are amazed to see children purposely involved in their own activities demonstrating high skills in concentration and self motivation.
" The Montessori classroom is a home away from home - a happy place full of friends where you can be yourself. It is a place full of interesting things to do but also a place where you can take your time and just be quiet if you want to. It is somewhere where you can grow up knowing that you belong and that you are special".
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