Maria Montessori (August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) was an Italian physician and educator and is best known for the method of education which bears her name.
Montessori is a unique method of education centering on the sensitive period of learning between the ages 3 and 6 years when children absorb easily in an enriching environment. According to Dr. Maria Montessori, the goal of early childhood education should be to create in a child, a love for knowledge and a strong desire to learn. The Montessori classroom provides the environment and materials that children need for their personal development. Children are given the freedom to choose their activities according to their own interests and readiness in a non-competitive environment. The habits and skills which children develop become an integral part of their personality .They will help them grow more confidently, observe more carefully, and concentrate better throughout their life.
- Freedom of choice with responsibility
- Foster independence and self-motivation
- Development of character and positive self-image
- Use of child friendly instructive materials