Aided by world-renowned doctor and educator Maria Montessori, the Montessori Philosophy naturally blossomed under her guidance. The Montessori Philosophy is not a step-by-step, foolproof educational curriculum devised through vigorous pedagogical training and intellectual contemplation. Rather, the method evolved naturally and without intention based on Maria Montessori’s observations of mixed-age children in an optimal environment, the first Children’s House.
In this environment, the ideal conditions were created which helped to bring about the development of the child. It encouraged the children to be their own creators, working actively on their environment to create infinite experiences. By observing their experiences, Maria Montessori came to understand the needs (sensitive periods) of each child at their particular stage of development.
Because of her observations, Maria Montessori provided material, which helped to stimulate the children and expand their experiences, thus developing the Montessori method we use today.
The Secret of Childhood, by Maria Montessori
Discovery of the Child, by Maria Montessori
The Science Behind the Genius, by Angeline Lillard