The History of the Montessori Approach

The Montessori philosophy and teaching method was created by Dr. Maria Montessori. Montessori has been a recognized teaching method for over a century. In 1907, Dr. Montessori was asked to open a childcare centre for underprivileged children in Rome, which she called Casa dei Bambini, or “Children’s House.” While caring for and teaching the children, she observed that children absorbed knowledge from their surroundings, essentially teaching themselves. Based on her experience with the children in her care, Dr. Montessori created the Montessori teaching method. Unlike traditional teacher-centered education, Montessori education is focused on inspiring children to drive their own learning.

It didn’t take long for the Montessori teaching method to reach North America. By 1913, there were hundreds of schools dedicated to Dr. Montessori’s philosophy. Through the years, the program has evolved while still remaining the same in its essence: focusing on providing children with an exceptional education that benefits their development, and building a strong foundation for their future.