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In 1896, Dr. Maria Montessori became the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy. She worked in the fields of psychiatry, education and anthropology. She was an acute observer of children. Beginning with the "Casa de Bambini" in 1907, her understanding of the classroom, the materials and training of teachers has greatly impacted the world. Montessori is usually linked to children between the ages of 3 and 6 years old but, in fact, the method covers the entire development from birth through young adulthood. Many concepts in our education system are directly taken from her "method."
Dr. Montessori's philosophy has remained true into the 21st century. "It is true we cannot make a genius," Montessori once wrote, "We can only give each individual the chance to fulfill his potential in becoming an independent, secure and balanced human being."
"The child can only develop by means of experience in his environment. We call such experience 'work'."
Habits and skills developed in a Montessori classroom remain for a lifetime.
Here are a few well-known people who remember their Montessori School connections and consider their experiences there vital.
• Anne Frank's famous diary was a natural extension of Anne's Montessori elementary school experience.
• Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller's teacher, corresponded with Dr. Montessori about teaching methods.
• Alice Waters, the chef of Chez Panisse fame and creator of The Editable Schoolyard project, was a Montessori teacher.
• Julia Child, the cook and writer who taught Americans to love, prepare and pronounce French dishes, attended Montessori school.
• Peter Drucher, the business guru who is said to be one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century, was a Montessori student.
• Larry Page and Sergei Brin, founders of Google, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, and Steve Case of America Online all credit their creative success to Montessori schooling.
Montesorri schools are focused on helping children become self-directed individuals who make a difference in their families, their communities and the world.