As a teacher in a Montessori based classroom I am privileged to see the wonder and excitement in the children’s eyes. When a child becomes absorbed in what they are doing, I dare not interrupt them, for I’ve learned that is the time when great learning is taking place in the mind and heart of a child.
Montessori has been around for over 100 years and was started by Maria Montessori. She was the first woman Doctor in Italy and was a Master of Scientific Observation of children. Montessori is not a method- it is a way of life! It is about slowing down, taking time, and working without interruption. It allows the dignity of the child to develop further into the person they are to become. Montessori is about grace, courtesy, kindness, and developing a love for learning. When given the opportunity a child can grow into an independent, self-sufficient individual. The Montessori classroom combines mixed ages of children which helps with confidence building and leadership skills. For example, when a child begins in a Montessori classroom at the age of three they become a Mentor to the children entering the classroom the following year, as they already know the beginning lessons. The lessons advance each year for the children remaining in the Montessori classroom until they are ready to graduate to the next grade level.
Many famous people, some being entrepreneurs, were Montessori educated at some point in their life. Dailymontessori.com had an article entitled “Who Are Famous Montessori Educated People?" Listed below are names of some famous people and what they are known for:
Larry Page and Sergey Brin – founders of Google
Jeff Bezos – founder of Amazon
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis – former first lady to John F. Kennedy
Sean “P. Diddy”Combs – singer
Prince William and Prince Harry
T. Berry Brazelton – pediatrician and author
Julia Child – author, chef, TV cooking shows
Elizabeth Berridge – actress
Kami Cotler – actress
Melissa and Sarah Gilbert – actors
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Nobel Prize winner for Literature
Katherine Graham – ex owner of the Washington Post
Anne Frank – author and diarist from WWII
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