What is Montessori?

The Montessori Method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in Italy more than 100 years ago. She was originally a medical doctor who brought the scientific methods of observation, experimentation and research to the study of children, their development and education.

Dr Montessori felt that her greatest discovery was that children like to work as well as play. In fact, children have a natural drive to work in order to develop. The child's great task is to create an adult. As a result, the children are not content unless they have an opportunity to develop and learn.

Montessori is an approach to the education of children. It is a way of looking at and understanding children. It is a view of how children develop and learn which has been translated into a systematic method of education based upon careful scientific study.

The Montessori education system is unique in that it has successfully undergone continued development for over one hundred years and has been used effectively with normal, gifted, mentally challenged and physically handicapped children in different countries around the world. Perhaps the most significant reason for its success is that it is a comprehensive method of education resulting from an integration of research on development, learning, curriculum, and teaching.

Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed - Maria Montessori

How does it benefit our children?

La Casa Dei Bambini encourages your child:

  • to develop a sense of independence and self esteem
  • to learn some simple routines
  • to play amongst other children and respond to other adults
  • to develop a sense of respect, sharing and co-operation
  • to participate in new experiences and have fun

La Casa Dei Bambini is a place for you:

  • to play with your own and other children
  • to contribute your own ideas and practical help
  • to share in the organisation of the playgroup
  • to meet other parents and share ideas and solutions
  • to learn about Montessori philosophy and ideas