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MONTESSORI By Jacqui and Melissa. “Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities .” Maria Montessori . MARIA MONTESSORI. Born In Rome Italy August 30 1870

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montessori by jacqui and melissa

MONTESSORIBy Jacqui and Melissa

“Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.”

Maria Montessori

maria montessori
  • Born In Rome Italy August 30 1870
  • 1896 became first female doctor in Italy, after medical school she specialized in psychiatry
  • Began working with disabled children noticed some significant developmental periods where children learn different things most easily
  • Opened a Casa dei Bambini or Children’s House in the slums of Rome.
  • She died May 6th 1952 but her legacy lives on in schools all over the world.
goals of a montessori school
Goals of a Montessori School

The main purpose of a Montessori school is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help the child develop an excellent foundation for creative learning.

  • Developing a positive attitude toward school and learning
  • Helping each child develop self confidence
  • Assist each child in building a habit of concentration
  • Fostering an abiding curiosity
  • Developing habits of initiative and persistence
  • Fostering inner security and sense of order in the child

“If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man's future.” Maria Montessori

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  • Birth to 3 years: Absorbent Mind – Sensory Learning
  • 1 ½ to 3 years: Language Explosion
  • 1 ½ to 4 years: Development of large and fine motor skills
  • 2 to 4 years: Greater coordination, increased language skills
  • 2 ½ to 6 years: All 5 senses involved in learning and adapting
  • 3 to 6 years: Want to copy (mimic) adult world
  • 4 to 5 years: Tactile senses acute
  • 4 ½ to 6 years: Reading and maths readiness

“And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.” Maria Montessori

montessori teachers
  • are originally referred to as directress, as they direct the children’s learning
  • the child chooses their work independently
  • the directress ensures they do a wide range of activities in a day
  • stress self sufficiency and respect

The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist."”

learning areas
Learning areas
  • Practical Life is an area where many varied life skills are introduced.

Sensorial deals with exploring the five senses - taste, touch, hearing, sight and smell.


Mathematics contains a varied range of equipment and exercises

Language and Literacy helps the child to expand his/her language

Cultural introduces the child to the concepts of science, geography, biology and history, giving them a greater understanding of the world.
  • A Montessori classroom is a prepared environment, containing lots of concrete learning materials, for children to explore and learn
  • Manipulatives are to be beautiful, made of natural materials and explore one concept at a time.
  • Materials are self correcting (if possible) so that the child can see where the error is
  • Children are also taught responsibility with these materials, to handle with care, to put them away after using them
famous montessorians
  • Larry Page, Co-Founder of Google
  • Sergey Brin, Co-Founder of Google
  • Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder, AMAZON.COM
  • Katherine Graham (deceased), owner/editor of the Washington Post
  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (deceased), editor, former first lady (John F. Kennedy)
  • Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
  • Anne Frank, famous diarist from world war II
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
  • Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors