Happy Birthday Maria Montessori
Today, August 31st, is Maria Montessori’s birthday! We are proud to celebrate this incredible woman, and all the wisdom she gave us in the area of children and education. She is still celebrated as one of the finest educators of our time.
Dr. Maria Montessori was born in Anacona, Italy on August 31, 1870. Maria Montessori had a childhood in which her mother believed in discipline. Her childhood had key moment that was prophetic of her future career. As a child Maria Montessori had already showed interest in the poor by doing some knitting for them daily. And one incident at home was that as her parents were having a heated argument, she dragged a chair in between them, stood on it and held their hands together as tightly as she could. This is foreseen as to the beginning of her peacemaking efforts of bringing the adult and the child together. When she was young she had overheard a teacher of her mention about her eyes and as a protest never raised her eyes at that teacher. It is here that Montessori principle of not talking about children in front of them and thus giving respect even to the youngest child.
Montessori method of education stresses the importance of respecting children – “Help me to help myself”.
At Trent Montessori, we strive to uphold Maria Montessori’s foundational truths. We endeavor to respect all children, we believe in their abilities to be successful, and we hope that peace will live in their hearts as they grow and walk into the world. Thank you for all you’ve given us, Maria Montessori!
Read more about Dr. Maria Montessori here: http://www.dailymontessori.com/