Montessori approach has a rich history that is kept alive today in Montessori schools around
the globe. The Method was developed by Maria Montessori, who was born
in 1870 in Italy. Although it wasn’t customary for Italian women
to be well-educated during that time, Maria was an exemplary student who
became one of the first female doctors in the country. She later developed
a keen interest in educational theory, which ultimately led to her innovative Method.
Casa dei Bambini
As the co-director of a training institute for special education teachers,
Dr. Montessori studied the effectiveness of various educational approaches.
She later put her observances to work when she opened her first
Casa dei Bambini (Children’s House) in an inner city district. She continued to
carefully observe how children taught themselves by manipulating learning materials. In 1909, Dr. Montessori released a
book on her findings.
By 1910, the Montessori Method was already attracting interest around the
world. Dr. Montessori taught the earliest Montessori educators herself,
which gave rise to the founding of Montessori schools on five continents.
The first to open in the U.S. was founded in New York in 1911. The movement
quickly picked up steam in America, thanks in part to the accolades from
Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and other notable figures. Unfortunately,
a number of factors led to a sharp decline in Montessori education in
the U.S., including World War I and xenophobia. However, Dr. Montessori
persisted in refining her approach, turning her attention to the developmental
needs of adolescents. Before her death in 1952, Dr. Montessori added peace
education to her approach, which was undoubtedly inspired by her experiences
living through World Wars I and II.
It wasn’t until 1960 that renewed interest in the Montessori Method
flourished in America. That year, the American Montessori Society (AMS)
was founded by Dr. Nancy Rambusch. AMS supports teacher training initiatives
and the founding of Montessori schools in the U.S.
The Montessori School is pleased to continue to educate children with Dr. Maria Montessori’s
Method. Parents who would like to raise a lifelong learner are encouraged
to explore the Montessori approach further by scheduling a tour of our
school. You can reach our Montessori school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844
or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.