The Montessori Story
Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), two-time Nobel Prize nominee, was an innovator and physician, most notorious for her teaching style which is still used in Montessori schools across the globe today. As a pioneer in early childhood education theories, Dr. Montessori spent her younger years challenging traditional gender roles in her home country of Italy. As her nation’s first female doctor, she continued to break the mold, graduating University of Rome with high honors.
Specializing in psychiatry and pediatrics, Maria Montessori recognized that children from all socio-economic backgrounds had an inate love of learning. This led her down her legendary path of developing a new method for teaching children to help encourage independent learning, creativity and self-discipline.
Why Choose Montessori?
The principles upon which Montessori schools are founded include:
- To impart ethical living practices; developing courage, integrity, honesty and kindness
- To develop independent, critical thinkers
- To instill curiosity and a passion for learning
- To guide in responsive, reflective problem solving and communication
- To champion leadership and innovation
- To promote inner-directed discipline
- To support creating harmony in themselves and others
- To encourage healthy living practices
- To foster respect for the environment and contribute to their community and planet
- To nurture authenticity
These core values of Montessori education combine to help develop the whole child, taking what is learned in the early, formative years and carrying it with him/her for a lifetime of success. Our goal at Owen County Montessori is to be a part of our students’ journeys of academia while nurturing their social, physical, emotional and cognitive growth.
Combining academics, art and ethics into an experimental learning style, Montessori schools have been proven to create children who are enthusiastic, self-propelled learners- critical thinkers with well-developed social skills and a sense of responsibility to the greater community.