Where the love of learning begins and carries children through their educational journey
70 Eisenhower Drive,
Paramus, NJ 07652
Maria Montessori was born in Italy on August 31, 1870. She was born to a well respected family and was expected to grow up to fulfill the traditional role of the Italian woman. Instead she pursued an advanced degree at the University of Rome and became the first woman physician to graduate in Italy. Her interests drew her to work with children, initially those who were disadvantaged and had special needs.
Because she was an anthropologist, Montessori's decisions about working with children were made by observing them first. She was not trained as an educator and thus her decisions were based upon watching what children did and what they were attracted to. Through her observations and trial and error, she developed what became known as The Montessori Method of education. It was a radical departure in Montessori's own time. She did not place children in restricting environments, but instead designed the environment to reflect the children. Tables and chairs were child-sized and materials were placed on low shelves to be readily accessible to the students. In addition, many of the skills were designed to teach children how to become more independent and do things for themselves.
Dr. Montessori continued throughout her life to work for the betterment of the lives of children, founding training centers for teachers and dispersing this method of education throughout the world. During her later years her focus became centered around educating children to promote the principles of peace. Her legacy has been the establishment of Montessori schools around the world, which promote the cause of the child as a citizen of the world.
The classroom is designed to put the child at ease by giving her/him freedom in an environment prepared with attractive material. These materials are arranged on low shelves within easy reach of even the smallest of children.
The tables and chairs in the classroom are movable, permitting a flexible arrangement for many activities. The children also work on small mats on the floor where they are naturally comfortable.
The Montessori Materials in the classroom are divided into three main groups. The Practical Life Experiences, which are the beginning activities for two, three and four year old children. The Sensorial Materials, which can be used by all ages in the classroom, and the Academic Materials which await each child’s moment of interest in reading/language, arithmetic and geography.
"Because the materials are so enticing to the child, some see them merely as toys. But in fact they are highly specialized tools, each scientifically designed to teach one specific concept."
-Dr. Maria Montessori
Where the love of learning begins