Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.

- Maria Montessori

The secret of all nature is to be found in the soul of a child.

- Maria Montessori

Through working by themselves, children acquire an active discipline, a practical independence, and a gradual increase in knowledge.

- Maria Montessori

Every child carries within him (unseen) the person he will become. In order to develop the physical, intellectual and spiritual powers to the fullest, he must have freedom, a freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline.

- Maria Montessori

The world of the child is filled with sights and sounds, which at first appear chaotic. From this chaos, the child must gradually create order and learn to distinguish among impressions that assail her senses, slowly, but surely gaining mastery of herself and her environment.

- Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori

It is necessary to give children the possibility of developing according to the laws of their nature, so that they can become strong, and, having become strong, can do even more than we dared hope for them.

- Dr. Maria Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori, one of the first female Italian physicians, developed the Montessori method in the early 1900's when she opened a child care center for the children of working parents in Rome, Italy. The Montessori method is based on the education of the whole person to become a self-motivated, independent, and life-long learner.

Maria Montessori believed learning experiences should not be overly structured, but should occur naturally and spontaneously for each child.

Dr. Maria Montessori reading to children Her philosophy developed from scientific observations of children's behavior, and her belief that children learn at their own pace.

The Montessori methodology spread around the world and today thousands of Montessori schools can be found in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Focused on the five areas of growth: cognitive, physical, emotional, social and spiritual, Montessori education provides a social environment where children learn from hands-on experiences and explorations.

In Montessori schools, children engage in self-directed, self-initiated activities under the guidance of a trained Montessori teacher. Children work individually or in small groups.

Teachers provide resources and materials, observing children's growth and behavior to determine when to introduce new activities and materials. Each child is personally guided and recognized by staff as a unique individual.