Dr. Montessori’s Anniversary

The year 2020 marked the 150th anniversary of Dr. Montessori’s birth. Her legacy is as relevant today as it is was a century ago, enlightening parents and educators world-wide with her profound educational insights and deep respect for the young child.   “Each child is truly a miraculous being and this should be felt deeply by the educator. Children are human beings to whom respect is due.”

Valuing the uniqueness of every child, Dr. Montessori insisted education must be individualized, to meet the child’s needs and interests. Dr. Montessori applied her scientific observations and research to form the basis for her “Montessori Method,” guided by the child’s developmental stages while supporting “experiential, hands-on” learning. “The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”

Dr. Montessori viewed the child as both the hope and promise for mankind. “If education recognizes the intrinsic value of the child’s personality and provides an environment suited to spiritual growth, we have the revelation of an entirely new child whose astonishing characteristics can eventually contribute to the betterment of the world.” She believed “the greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”

As we honour this 150 year legacy of Dr. Montessori, her methodology continues to successfully educate children around the world. “It is not true,” insisted Dr. Montessori, “that I invented what is called the Montessori Method. I have studied the child, I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it, and that is what is called the Montessori Method.”