Montessori principles

Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Maria Montessori and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.

Maria Montessori opened her first classroom in 1907, the Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House, in Rome. From the beginning, Montessori based her work on her observations of children and experimentation with the environment, materials, and lessons available to them. She frequently referred to her work as “scientific pedagogy”.

Montessori education is fundamentally a model of human development, and an educational approach based on that model. The model has two basic principles:

  1. children engage in psychological self-construction by means of interaction with their environments.
  2. children, especially under the age of six, have an innate path of psychological development.

Based on her observations, Montessori believed that children at liberty to choose and act freely within an environment prepared according to her model would act spontaneously for optimal development.

More then 100 years later we still follow these principles helping the children to choose and act freely in order to develop at their best.