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Pakenham Rd., Monkstown, Co. Dublin
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About Montessori

Maria Montessori was, in many ways, ahead of her time. Born in the town of Chiaravalle, in the province of Ancona, Italy, in 1870, she became the first female physician in Italy upon graduation from medical school in 1896. In her medical practice, her clinical observations led her to analyze how children learn, how they bulid themselves from what they find in their immediate environment.

maria montessori and child
Maria Montessori and child

In 1906, she accepted the challenge to work with a group of sixty children of working parents in the San Lorenzo district of Rome. It was there that she founded the first Casa dei Bambini, or "Children's House". What ultimately became the Montessori method of education developed there, based upon Montessori's scientific observations of these children's almost effortless ability to absorb kinowledge from their surroundings, as well as their tireless interest in manipulating materials. Every piece of equipment, every exercise, every method Montessori developed was based on what she observed children do "naturally", by themselves, unassisted by adults.

Children teach themselves. This simple but profound truth inspired Montessori's lifelong persuit of educational reform, methodology, psychology, teaching, and teacher training - all based on her dedication to futhering the self-creating process of the child.

Maria Montessori died in Noordwijk, Holland, in 1952, but her work continues. Today there are close to five thousand private and approximately two hundred public Montessori schools in the United States. Montessor schools exist around the world, in Canada, Russia, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, South Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mexico, Columbia, India, and many other countries.




Centenary Centenary Declaration

Text here on the Centenary Declaration.

The Prepared Environment
  • Practical Life: in these exercises the children  are developing their coordination, muscular dexterity, sense of order, independence, and respect for others and for their environment all of which helps their own self-esteem. Exercises known as Grace and Courtesy encourage good manners and social skills.
  • Sensorial Material: these materials develop and refine the senses.
  • Language: a rich verbal environment is essential to develop the childs love of reading, poetry, singing and self expression.The children learn to read phonetically and with ease, encouraging a great love and excitement about reading.
  • Maths: this is a series of progressive exercises leading from the concrete to the abstract, understanding of numbers and operations. It develops a wonderful foundation for the fascinating world of mathematics.
  • Cultural Subjects: We cover a wide and varied range of cultural experiences. The world of geography, pre history, history, music, art  nature are all a great part of our work in offering the children a rich and wonderful experience of all aspects of the world
prepared environment
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