Maria Montessori

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Maria Montessori

Contribution to Child GuidanceMaria Montessori observed children and realized that the children were in need of activities that matched their development and interests; this would be solved by hands-on learning in a well-organized and planned environment. The environment that Maria created would be based on and around the child, the class would consist of child-sized furniture and sensorial learning materials that the children could use to develop and enhance their social, physical, cognitive, and practical life skills. In the class, the teacher serves as a model and mentor to help guide and encourage the children’s values of working together, being courteous, empathetic, and compassionate, but the classroom environment served as a place that would encourage the students to have self-discipline. In a Montessori classroom, the child is able to work at his/her own pace and is given the platform to discover and learn by utilizing the materials in the environment.

• Born on August 31, 1870 in Chiaravalle, Italy• Daughter of Allessandro Montessori and Renilde Stoppani• Family moved to Rome to provide Maria with better education opportunities• First female Doctor of Medicine in Italy and she is an Author• Regarded as one of the most famous and accomplished educators of her time• Founder of the Montessori Method of Education

Many of Montessori’s techniques and philosophies have been influential in early childhood education because they are still used today, in the21st century.

ReferencesPositive Child Guidance

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