The Founder of Montessori
Dr Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was the first woman to be granted a medical degree from an Italian University. She first worked with disadvantaged children. She found that the methods she was employing contained educational principles more rational than those in use. She developed this method of education based on observation.
On January 6, 1907 the first Children’s House, Casa del Bambini, was opened for children from 3 to 6 years of age."The children worked together in a kind of paradise" (The Discovery of the Child". M Montessori.)
The Montessori method attracted world-wide attention and acclaim because of its remarkable results with children of diverse cultures. Today children in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia enjoy Montessori education.