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About Maria Montessori and Quotes

Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was the first woman to qualify as a physician in Italy and one of the most profound pioneers in the study of child development. Montessori specialized in pediatric medicine and upon graduation from Rome University Medical School in 1896, she worked with mentally deficient children. Her scientific background and great compassion for children led her to careful and thorough observations of the children in her care. Subsequently and with the studies of other influences (Johann H. Pestalozzi, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Edward Seguin, and many more) , she developed her educational philosophy.

In 1907, Dr. Montessori executed her innovative approach with a group of children in the area of San Lorenzo, Rome. The first Casa dei Bambini (Children’s House) was opened to keep unsupervised preschool children from vandalizing the projects where they lived while their parents worked. Within a year, Montessori’s accomplishments with these children earned worldwide acclaim and set a universal standard for the education of young children.

Maria Montessori wrote 25 books based on her method, developed teacher-training courses, opened and help open many more Children Houses, and formulated her approach for elementary education in 1912.

The first idea the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil.

Maria Montessori

If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.

Maria Montessori

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.

Maria Montessori

One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.

Maria Montessori