What is the Montessori method?
The Montessori method of education is a unique form of early education. It's been successfully integrated into many private and public schools' curriculum, but, in its true form, the Montessori method is a method of education that emphasizes child-led learning and discovery.
About Maria Montessori:
Dr. Maria Montessori, the Italian educator and scientist who, over 100 years ago, developed the system of education that bears her name, knew that during the period from birth to age 3, your child’s brain develops more rapidly than at any other time, and more learning takes place than at any other stage of development. Yet many parents don’t seek formal education until their children have passed the toddler age.
How your child benefits from the Montessori Method?
The Montessori Method addresses your child’s cognitive, physical, linguistic, social, and emotional development. Researchers have recognised the many benefits of Montessori, where “learning how to learn” is the best foundation for success.
While many families don’t learn of Montessori until their children are school-aged, there are many benefits of using the Montessori philosophy at home, starting from birth.
First 3 years
During the first 3 years of life, your child develops more rapidly than at any other time. During this phase, your child absorbs large amounts of information from the environment through observation and experiences. These are the years that lay the foundation for later learning—and the stronger the foundation, the more the child can build upon it.
Are Montessori toys good?
Toys made of wood, wool, cotton, metal, ceramic and even rock are Montessori staples, since they connect children to nature and are generally safer to mouth. Plus, different textures, temperatures and weights help children refine their senses and give them more to learn about when holding a toy.
Famous Montessori People
There are quite a number of famous and successful people who, in some form or another, have a Montessori connection. Check some interesting names below...
Below are some of the famous people who attended Montessori school as children:
- Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google.com
- Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder, Amazon.com
- Katherine Graham, owner/editor of the Washington Post
- Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
- Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, editor, former first lady (John F. Kennedy)
- Julia Child, famous chef, star of many TV cooking shows and author of numerous cookbook
- Anne Frank, famous diarist from world war II
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
- Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author
- Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter and architect
- George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor
- Kami Cotler, actress (youngest child on long-running series The Waltons)
- Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors
- Elizabeth Berridge, actress (Constanze in Amadeus)
- Joshua Bell, American violinist, owner of Stradivarius violin
- Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, rap star, music mogul
Below are some of the famous people who chose Montessori schools for their own children:
- Bill & Hillary Clinton, former president/senator, NY
- John Bradshaw, psychologist and author
- Dick Ebersol and Susan St. James, television executive and actress
- Stephen J. Cannell, TV writer-producer-director (The Rockford Files and many others)
- Willie Nelson, musician, has a Montessori school on his ranch
- Patty Duke Austin, actress
- Cher Bono, singer-actress
- Michael Douglas, actor
- Yul Brynner, actor