The Montessori Method of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 – 1953) at the turn of the twentieth century in Italy. Dr. Montessori’s educational model is based upon her keen observation of the child. This observation of the child resulted in her development of her theory of the nature of the child upon which her educational practices are based: The Montessori Method. Today Montessori Schools number in the thousands throughout the United States. There are more than one hundred Montessori Teacher Training locations. The Montessori Training Center prepare the teacher in the Montessori philosophy and the Montessori curriculum materials.
Montessori pedagogy focuses upon the whole child: spiritual, psychological, emotional and mental.
Spiritually (not religiously) Montessori likens the child to a nebulae – the begins of a star. Within this nebulae the infinite potentialities of the child exists from the moment of conception. At conception both the physical embryo and the spiritual embryo exist with the uniqueness of each person and the potentialities of that person.
Montessori has a theory of development which she named Planes of Development. The four planes