In 1907 Maria Montessori opened the first Casa dei Bambini (Children’s House) in Rome. In this environment, children were introduced to activities and then allowed to choose to participate or not. Montessori learned from the children which activities were appropriate. Gradually Montessori accumulated a series of materials that are still used in Montessori schools around the world. As well as the materials, her observations led her to theories on how children learn best. Many of her “discoveries” are well-accepted in early childhood education today.
There are many resources available for a more in-depth look at Montessori education. Look in our Books & Resources section for resources on various aspects of Montessori theory and practice.
Also visit the websites of various Montessori organizations, all of which provide information about Maria Montessori, her life, her work, and how Montessori education is practiced today.