Why Montessori School


Dr. MontessoriWhen speaking about Montessori education one is really talking about a philosophy
of the natural development of man; the innate rules that govern how a person grows.
Based on scientific observation Dr. Montessori came to certain conclusions about
what will allow a person to grow best according to innate developmental codes that
actuate at specific times during ones life. Examples of these sensitive periods are
language, coordination of movement, a desire to repeat and self perfect, order,
mathematics and grace and courtesy (social relations).

From the observations that Dr. Montessori made of these heightened phases
of interest sprang a methodology of education which centers on preparing
the environment and using the adult as the link between the child and that environment.
The rigorous attention the Directress (teacher) pays to the preparation of the materials
and when to introduce them to each student is the keystone of a Montessori school.

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History of Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori was an exceptional woman of her time that none could rival.
And now, two centuries later, her schools are abundant around the world.

Born in 1870 during a time of antiquated educational conventions Maria far
surpassed her peers and eventually became the first female physician in Italy.
Social reform was in the fore front of Italian policymakers and the young
physician who espoused change through education quickly caught the
country’s leader’s attention. At the governments request in 1906 she gave
up her medical practice and university chair to work with 60 children of
working parents in the San Lorenzo, Rome. Thus the first Casa
Dei Bambini (Children’s House) was born.

It was through the culmination of her work as a physician, anthropologist,
and psychologist that she formulated her educational theories. She then
tirelessly tested and observed her methodologies while working with her
charges from the slums in Rome. Her radical and outspoken beliefs drew
the attention of other governments, and she was invited to speak in Spain,
England and the U.S. From that point she opened teacher-training classes
in many countries around the world.

The rest of her life was devoted to the education of the child, the adult,
and the furthering of world peace for which she was nominated for the
Nobel Peace Prize three times – 1949, 1950, and 1951.

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Famous Montessori Graduates

• Lary Page & Sergey Brin: Founders of Google
• Will Wright: Creator of “The Sims” video game
• Anne Frank (deceased), famous diarist from World War II
• Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs: Music producer/entrepreneur
• Jeff Bezos: Founder & CEO of Amazon.com
• Prince William and Prince Harry: English royal family
• David Blaine: magician
• T. Berry Brazelton: noted pediatrician and author
• Dakota Fanning: Academy Award nominated actress
• Peter Drucker: “The father of modern management”
• Katherine Graham (deceased), owner/editor of the Washington Post
• Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Nobel Prize winner for Literature
• Melissa Gilbert: actress (Little House on the Praire), former SAG president
• Helen Hunt: Academy Award winning actress
• Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (deceased), editor, former first lady
• Jimmy Wales: Founder of Wikipedia
• Julia Child: Chef & author

Famous Montessori Advocates

• Alice Waters: restaurateur (Chez Panise), author and trained Montessori teacher.
• Thomas Edison: scientist, inventor and founder of a Montessori school
• Erik Erikson: noted anthropologist, author and trained Montessori teacher.
• Mister Rogers: children’s television personality and strong supporter of Montessori education
• Jean Piaget: noted Swiss psychologist and head of the Swiss Montessori Society.

Famous Montessori Alumni

Some famous people who attended Montessori school as children:
• Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder of Amazon.com
• Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, former editor, former first lady (John F. Kennedy)
• Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author
• Kami Cotler, actress (youngest child on long-running series The Waltons)
• Katharine Graham, former owner-editor of the Washington Post
• Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
• Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
• Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter and architect
• Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
• Will Wright, designer of The Sims
• Helen Hunt, Academy Award-winning actress
• George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor
• Joshua Bell, American violinist, owner of Stradivarius violin
• Lea Salonga, a Filipino-American singer and Broadway actress

Famous people who chose Montessori schools for their own children:
• Stephen J. Cannell, TV writer-producer-director (The Rockfor Files and many other)
• Patty Duke Austin, actress
• Cher Bono, singer, actress
• John Bradshaw, psychologist and author
• Yul Brynner, former actor
• Marcy Carcy, TV producer
• William Jefferson and Hillary Clinton, former president/senator, NY
• Michael Douglas, actor
• Shari Lewis, former puppeteer
• Yo Yo Ma, cellist
• Willie Nelson, musician, has a Montessori school on his ranch
• Elizabeth Berridge, actress

Others with a Montessori connection:
• Alexander Graham Bell, noted inventor, provided financial
support directly to Dr. Montessori, helped establish the first
Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States
• Bruno Bettelheim, noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher
• Erik Erikson, anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate
• Jean Piaget, noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school
• President Wilson’s daughter trained as a Montessori teacher.
There was a Montessori classroom in the basement of the
White House during Wilson’s presidency.

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