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Who Was Dr. Maria Montessori?

Who Was Dr. Maria Montessori?

Deciding whether or not to enroll your child in a Montessori school in Maryland requires you to learn more about the system of teaching employed in the educational institution. This means learning more about the visionary, Dr. Maria Montessori.

Dr. Montessori was an Italian physician and educator that opened the first school to employ the Montessori system in preschool children in San Lorenzo, Rome in 1907. In conceptualizing the school, Dr. Montessori had to deal with a population that’s impoverished and severely lacking in resources.

Thus, she designed a revolutionary system in educating the financially disadvantaged children in the region. She called her school Casa dei Bambini or “Children’s House,” literally, in Italian.

Dr. Montessori’s system involved exposing children to educational puzzles and engaging activities that allowed the children to gain independence and learn skills crucial for their formation as a person. The first batch of children in the casa improved at such a rate that, in April 1907, Dr. Montessori had to open another Casa dei Bambini in San Lorenzo.

By October 1907, she had three Casas opened, with the third in the more prosperous city of Milan.

The early Montessori schools were known around their world for producing alumni who could concentrate well on tasks, are devoted to paying attention to details and instructions, and have exemplary self-discipline.

Today, much of the Montessori system remains unchanged. We continue to be faithful to the Montessori principles at Top Hat Montessori, one of the leading Montessori day care in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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