Dear City Garden Families,
During this past week, we learned more about a trailblazer in the area of education, Dr. Maria Montessori. Her birthday was yesterday and we decided this year to place a more concerted effort into ensuring that our students were aware of her life and her impact upon the very way that they learn. Of course our students were engaged and excited about this new learning opportunity. Here are ten basic facts about her that our students discovered during their research:
- 1870 – Maria Montessori is born in Chiaravalle, Italy on August 31
- 1890 – After graduating from a scientific technical school, she decided to study medicine – an unlikely pursuit for a woman at the time
- 1891 – She was denied entrance to the University of Rome based on her gender. She needed intervention from the pope before she was admitted.
- 1895 – Dr. Maria Montessori received her medical degree – the 1st woman in Italy to do so
- 1896 – She began private practice with mentally disabled children
- 1897 – She began to research the psychology of education
- 1906 – She opened her first school, Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House, in the ghettos of Rome
- Early 1900’s and throughout the 1900’s – Her method /theory spread to many countries including the United States – she gave many speeches and wrote books regarding the theory
- 1930’s – She infused peace education into her philosophy
- 1952 – Dr. Montessori died due to a blood clot
There are many facts that are not here, but we are happy to celebrate the life of a phenomenal woman who created a strong educational theory for our students. Our students join the ranks of highly successful people to include, Anne Franks, Larry Page and Sergey Brin ( co founders of Google), Julia Child ( famous chef), Stephan Curry (basketball star), Jackie Kennedy Onassis (former first lady), Sean P.Diddy Combs (entertainer) and Prince William and Prince Harry. We look forward to our continued work and commitment to the Montessori Theory of Development.
Dr. Nicole Evans