The Lady & The Philosophy
Maria Montessori had a very broad vision for education for humanity, and believed that the way to peace was through education. She developed the Montessori method by following the natural development of the child. Through observation, trial and error Montessori was able to create specialized materials that the children could manipulate and learn from themselves without adult intervention. These materials were dispersed throughout the classroom in 4 different areas, Practical life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics.
Montessori did not protect her name because the method was based on years of observation of natural childhood development . To her dismay many “Montessori” schools started emerging that weren’t following the basic principles of what she had developed through her observation. In order to protect her findings and 1929 Maria Montessori and her son Mario started the Association Montessori International (A.M.I) an association that protected the Montessori name and method.
Association Montessori International (A.M.I)“…it is not true that I ‘invented’ what is called the Montessori method. I have studied the child I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it and that is what is called the Montessori method.”
At Lyonsgate Montessori we always try to adhere to the high standards of the Association Montessori Internationale.