Maria Montessori was the gifted mind behind the Montessori Method, which
is the foundation of the preschool and
elementary school programs at The Montessori School in Dallas, as well as thousands of other schools
worldwide. The Montessori Method was developed with Maria’s background
in medicine, specifically psychology, which led her to discover the ways
that children learn naturally and build a classroom method based on these
practices. This article will take a closer look at the groundbreaking
work that Maria Montessori accomplished in her lifetime, all while defying
the odds as a female physician in the late 19
Maria’s academic achievements
Maria was already
breaking boundaries at the age of 13, when she enrolled in an all-boys technical institute
with help from her excellent academic performance in early childhood.
While Maria’s initial goal was to become an engineer, she eventually
decided to enter the field of medicine instead, becoming one of the first
female students in the University of Rome’s medical program.
A new approach to education
As a physician, Maria focused primarily on psychology, later developing
an interest in education and pedagogy. She began to observe the methods
of teaching children with intellectual and developmental disabilities,
and she sought more effective strategies for this special needs group
of learners. In time, she discovered that children were successful with
self-guided discovery of new subject, which led her to open the first
Casa dei Bambini in a poor inner-city district. The school was the first
Montessori school, and it created a model that is still used today to
enrich children of all backgrounds and learning styles.
Women’s rights advocacy
In addition to further developing her educational philosophies and sharing
her method with other educators, Maria dedicated herself to women’s
rights advocacy for much of her later years. She often wrote and spoke
on the subject of women’s rights, encouraging women to follow in
her footsteps as an innovator and educator.
To learn if
The Montessori School is the right environment for your child, call us at (972) 727-2800 for
our Starcreek campus or (972) 985-8844 for our North Dallas campus. Our
instructors will provide a nurturing yet challenging environment for your
child to learn and grow in his or her most formative years.