The Montessori materials were developed over several years by observing children and ascertaining their
needs and their unique ways of learning. Once Dr. Montessori started on this path, she continued to
develop the method, train teachers, and travel throughout the world spreading her ideas and helping
people begin programs. While the majority of Montessori schools are still for the 3 to 6 year-old range,
Montessori and her collaborators also developed theory, methodology and materials for ages 0-3 and
6-12. While Montessori did not completely develop the method for students older than 12, the basic
philosophy was outlined in her books, and Montessorians today are increasingly organizing programs for
adolescent students. For more information on Maria Montessori's life and work,
we recommend Rita Kramer's biography.
Other sources: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Maria Montessori (1870–1952) was the first woman physician in Italy in the early 1900's. In her practice of
medicine, she was called upon to look after a group of mentally handicapped children. Concerned that
they had little to do, she began developing materials for them, and in a short time they achieved the same
skills and knowledge as normal children. This caused her to wonder what all children could achieve if
provided with materials that suited their developmental needs, and it led to a movement that has
revolutionized education for children around the world.