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Maria Montessori
Montessori is a system of education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 1900’s. Montessori is both a philosophy of child growth and a rationale for guiding such growth. It is based on the child’s developmental needs for freedom within limits and a carefully prepared environment, which guarantees exposure to materials and experiences through which to develop intelligence, as well as physical and psychological abilities.

Montessori is designed to take full advantage of the self-motivation and unique ability of children to develop their own capabilities. The child needs adults to expose him to the possibilities of his life, but the child himself must direct his response to those possibilities.

Dr. Montessori discovered that the most important years of growth are the first six years of life when unconscious learning is gradually brought to the conscious level. Children are to be respected as different from adults, and as individuals who differ from each other.

Suggested Montessori Books for Reading:

“The Secret of Childhood”, by Maria Montessori
“The Absorbent Mind”, by Maria Montessori
“The Discovery of the Child”, by Maria Montessori
“Education & Peace”, by Maria Montessori

The information above is courtesy of Paula Lillard, author of "Montessori – A Modern Approach".

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