Maria Montessori was the first female medical doctor in Italy.
She applied innovative ideas to children’s education.
Following a lifetime of practical experimentations, she created a pedagogy for children, which took into
account their psychological, mental and physical development.
Maria Montessori was the first person to design furniture adapted to a child’s size.
In 1907, Maria Montessori opened her first school in Rome called “the Children’s House”.
Following her numerous observations and experiments, she developed her pedagogy therein.
Step by step, she built adapted materials which she made available to the children in order to allow them
to learn and progress at their own pace.
Thanks to the success gained and demonstrated by her pedagogy, new Montessori schools opened
everywhere in Italy, in Europe and the rest of the world.
The result was such that she then focused her attention on older children.
She went on developing her method in order to meet their needs at each stage
of their development until they reached adulthood.
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