Today Google is celebrating the birth of Maria Montessori. She were born on August 31, 1870 and died on May 6, 1952. Maria Montessori is best remembered for her educational method these are still in use today in public and private schools throughout the world.
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.” By Maria Montessori
There are literally hundreds of Maria Montessori schools around the world. You will find them in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin in the United States of America.
Internationally Maria Montessori schools are also in countries like Australia, Canada, Japan, Russia, Italy, South Africa and Spain to name a few.
The traditional educational system was designed during the industrial revolution, when the masses moved into urban areas to work in factories. The Maria Montessori schools are not a school, at least not in the traditional sense. At its core the schools are based on Maria Montessori education principles. The schools system helps develop each child into the person they were destined to be. Maria Montessori schools work diligently to ensure that the physical environment, the teachers and the student community works and study in will meet children’s needs with respect and support at each step in their educational journey.
At Maria Montessori schools the teacher pays close attention to all individuals. Instead of 30 plus children focusing on the teacher in front of the class, the teacher pays personal attention to all individuals fostering a trusting relationship – an education partnership of sorts – in which they will have faith that there teacher truly understands and respects them for who they are.
The schools are focused on creating entrepreneurs and critical thinkers. The Maria Montessori education system prepares children for the future with confidence and skills, propelled by the gift of self knowledge and a lifelong passion for learning.
It is also interesting to note, that children studying are divided into multi-age classrooms adapting the curriculum to the individual child. Each child can work at his or her own pace, while remaining in community with his or her peers. In addition, the multi-age format allows all older children to be the leaders of the classroom community – even those children who may be shy or quiet.
Research has shown that children being educated by the Maria Montessori philosophy and system are well prepared for later life academically, socially, and emotionally.
Maria Montessori children are ranked above average on such criteria as following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for learning, and adapting to new situations.
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Here are some Wise Words and Quotes from Maria Montessori
“Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence.” By Maria Montessori
“Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.” By Maria Montessori
“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” By Maria Montessori
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” By Maria Montessori
“The child, in fact, once he feels sure of himself, will no longer seek the approval of authority after every step.” By Maria Montessori
Today Google will direct millions of users to the legacy of Maria Montessori. Maria Montessori was one of the mothers of early education, braking away from industrialized education system. The Maria Montessori education fundamentals are focused on the individual and to empower such individuals to use their inner knowledge, self confidence and own abilities to maximize there learning experience creating a whole person.
By celebrating the birthday of Maria Montessori today, we should focus on our own personal skills, abilities and strength to reach our own full potential!