Dr. Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was born in 1870. At 26 years, she gained the distinction of being the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome in Medicine, taking a double honours degree in medicine and surgery.

Dr. Montessori practiced medicine and held the Chair of Hygiene and Anthropology from 1896-1911.

In 1907 she opened her House of Children (Casa dei Bambini) fro children under six years of age. After two years of intensive study and development she produced her ground-breaking book, ‘The Montessori Method’.

Educationists and thinkers around the world quickly recognized it as a watershed. It was translated, read, discussed and put into action throughout Europe, the USA, India, South America and Australia.

Dr. Montessori died in 1952, aged 82. Her monument: Generations of children around the world who had benefited directly from her work and thought, and a body of knowledge that will continue to benefit children.dr.maria

Further reading:

  • Montessori: Her Life and Work  By E.M. Standing
  • The Absorbent Mind  By Dr. Maria Montessori
  • From Childhood to Adolescence  Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Secret of Childhood  Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential  Dr. Maria Montessori
  • Teaching Montessori in the Home  By E Hainstock
  • The Essential Montessori  By E Hainstock
  • Look at the Child  By A Wolf
  • Montessori and Your Child  By T Molloy
  • Montessori – A Modern  Approach  By P.P. Lillar
  • Montessori: The Science behind the Genius  By Angeline Stoll Lillard