Montessori Children’s School of Wenatchee

Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori was an Italian physician who developed a new method of child education that combined self-paced learning with guidance and observations. She was one of the first female doctors to attend the University of Rome, graduating in 1896. Her foray into teaching began with special needs children (referred to at the time as ‘defective’) who many considered impossible to educate. As a member of the University’s Psychiatric Clinic, she became interested in teaching the mentally disabled and soon had a change to put her theories to the test after becoming director of the Scuola Ortofenica – and institution for the disabled in Rome. Dr. Montessori demonstrated that any child in the right environment can learn effectively and naturally. Her groundbreaking methods inspired a new brand of thought for education and the teaching style and her name quickly spread. With more than 20,000 schools worldwide today, Dr. Montessori’s legacy continues to enrich the education of children across the globe and has encouraged a new generation of innovators to expand the field of self-directed, holistic education.
Maria Montessori

What we need is a world full of miracles, like the miracle of seeing the young child seeking work and independence, and manifesting a wealth of enthusiasm and love.

~ Dr. Maria Montessori

Montessori Philosophy

From birth to age six, children are sensorial explores, studying every aspect of their environment, their language and their culture. Though much has been said about the academic achievements of Montessori children, the value lies in the self-discipline, self-mastery, and love of learning that children achieve. Because interest is stimulated and the Montessori materials are at hand whenever a child is ready, most children begin to read and calculate at an early age. “It is true we cannot make a genius” Dr. Montessori once wrote, “we can only give each individual the chance to fulfill his potential, possibilities to become an independent, secure and balanced human being.”
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If young people are to meet the challenges of survival that face them today, it is imperative that they develop to the fullest extent possible their potential for creativity, initiative, independence, inner discipline and self-confidence. This is the central focus of Montessori Education.

~ Dr. Maria Montessori

Famous People Influenced By Montessori

Familiar Names of People Who Were Montessori Educated

  • Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google
  • Katherine Graham, owner/editor of the Washington Post
  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, editor, former first lady
  • Sean ‘P. Diddy’ (formerly known as Puffy) Combs, RAP mega-star
  • Anne Frank, famous diarist from World War II
  • Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder, Amazon.com
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
  • Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
  • T. Berry Braselton, noted pediatrician and author
  • Julia Child, famous chef, star of many TV cooking shows & author of numerous cookbooks
  • Elizabeth Berridge, actress (Constanze, in Amadeus)
  • Kami Cotler, actress (youngest child on long-running series The Waltons)
  • Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actresses

Famous People Who Chose Montessori for Their Children

  • Stephen J, Cannell, TV writer/ producer/ director (The Rockford Files & many others)
  • Patty Duke Austin, actress
  • Cher Bono, singer-actress
  • John Bradshaw, psychologist and author
  • Yul Brynner, actor
  • Marcy Carcy, TV producer
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton, former president and NY senator
  • Michael Douglas, actor
  • Shari Lewis, puppeteer
  • Yo Yo Ma, cellist

Others with a Montessori Connection

  • Alexander Graham Bell, noted inventor, and his wife Mabel founded the Montessori Education Association in 1913. They also provided financial support directly to Dr. Montessori and helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States.
  • Mister Rodgers, children’s TV personality, was a strong supporter of Montessori Education
  • Thomas Edison, noted scientist and inventor, helped found a Montessori school.
  • President Wilson’s daughter trained as a Montessori teacher. There was a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House during Wilson’s presidency.

The child should love everything that he learns, for his mental and emotional growths are linked. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear.

~ Dr. Maria Montessori
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