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New Paradigm by Dr. Montessori


Never before had adults trusted children to teach themselves, even under the guidance of an observant, knowledgeable adult. In 1907 in an apartment building in the slums of Rome, Dr. Montessori’s first school/day care began with 60 “normal” children, ages 2-7 years. Before the school opened at the owner’s request, the children had wandered about the apartment complex alone during the day, defacing the walls and grounds. She set up a classroom with low, light-weight chairs and tables, as well as cupboards for her many teaching materials. Next she began giving the children basic lessons about life through real objects, such as small, beautiful basin, pitcher, and soap for washing their hands. The children were shown how to prepare food for their own lunch. Rather than writing on the walls and sidewalks, the children were shown how to draw shapes with geometric frames and insets in order to satisfy their hunger for writing. Soon she made other materials, such as sandpaper letters for tracing, and saying the sound of the letter. The children began to read at the age of four, and once again, the world took notice of Dr. Maria Montessori. Her motto, “Whatever a child is able to do for himself, he should be allowed to do,” revealed to visitorsĀ a surprising but inevitable discovery: the children believed that they could accomplish almost anything!

Montessori 101

What is Montessori Education?

Montessori education is a natural way of learning for young children. Through the five senses, the child in his first six years absorbs his environment like a sponge. He teaches himself his native tongue (and often other languages), forms his basic personality, sets up his emotional framework for the rest of his life, and begins his acquisition of knowledge. The Montessori classroom builds upon his first years at home and provides hundreds of concrete, hands-on materials through which the child may learn, organize, and create his reality.

Who is Montessori?

Dr. Maria Montessori was the first female physician in Italy, having graduated from the University of Rome at the turn of the 20th century. Her pediatric residency was taken in an institution for children who were thought to be “mentally deficient.” As a keen scientific observer, she realized that these children were hungry to learn, if only they could have objects to teach them. She translated the studies conducted by two French doctors, John Itard and Edward Sequin, into Italian and began making the same materials and creating more than they had used in France with atypical children. After several years of using the new materials, more than half of her children passed tests to enter public school, and the world sat up and took notice of this young Italian physician(McClurkin, S. (2003). All I Ever Wanted to Know About Montessori and Didn’t Know Who to Ask).