About Montessori

Audio: Michael talks about the Montessori philosophy.

Maria Montessori, born in 1870, was the first female physician in Italy. Her life's work began in 1906, when she opened her Casa dei Bambini in the slums of Rome. Through careful observation, she discovered the young child's remarkable ability to learn spontaneously and joyfully, which she called the “absorbent mind.”

Maria MontessoriDr. Montessori with school children
from the Scuola Carducci, Rome Italy in 1931

The child's powerful process of self-creation inspired Montessori to a lifetime of dedication as a teacher, educational reformer, child advocate, and spokeswoman for world peace through human development.

Today there are approximately 5,000 private and public Montessori schools in the United States and many more on every continent in the world.