Over 100 years ago Maria Montessori, Italy’s first female physician, took upon herself the daunting task of educating the underprivileged children of 19thcentury Rome. Her remarkable success sparked an international scholastic movement that has inspired thousands of schools in over 30 countries worldwide.
The methods she developed through years of careful observation were simple, yet insightful. Young people have a uniquely heightened capacity for learning, and by providing them with an enriched environment during these “absorbent mind” years, they are more likely to achieve their full academic potential.
Children are introduced to educational materials that foster the desire to learn. They use these materials as long as they need to in order to gain the deepest conceptual understanding possible. They are then able to move on as quickly as their abilities and imagination allow.