At Lake Montessori in Leesburg, we’re passionate about seeing every child accepted for who they are, taught at their level, and celebrated for their one-of-a-kind attributes. With so many public and private educational methods, it seems that children are filtered through in masses with little to no thought put into their individual needs. This “school business” treats children as if they were numbers, and often uses only a standardized education in which each lesson is taught the same way, every single time, to every single kid.

What Sets Montessori Apart?

The things that set Lake Montessori apart can feel endless. From our point of view, there is really no comparison when it comes to the standard educations that are so popular today, and our expertly created, incredibly effective Montessori Method. With over a century of proven results, we don’t need to brag about how life-changing Montessori is. From the very beginning, the goal of Montessori has been to provide each child with an environment that is safe, positive, and specifically formatted for them and the unique way that they learn. Since no child is the same as the next, our Leesburg Montessori is passionate about contouring learning so that all children are enlightened, embraced, and given the confidence to not only get by, but excel.

In part one of our blog series, we learned about the early life and college education of Maria Montessori. In today’s installment, we’re going to look at how Maria continued her education and began her work with children. Continue reading below to learn more about this amazing woman!

Early Career

During her pursuit of her medical degree, Maria was met with much hostility and harassment from other medical students because of the fact that she was female. Still, Maria Montessori graduated from the medical school at the University of Rome in 1896. Directly after completing medical school, she started researching and working with mentally disabled children in an effort to more fully understand their delays. Through the impactful influence of well-known 19th Century physicians and educators, Maria Montessori began to see the crucial need for a more targeted and organized system for educating children born with disabilities and delays.

Further Studies

From the year that Montessori completed medical school to the year that she re-enrolled at the University of Rome to seek a degree in philosophy, Maria spent most of her time studying adolescent pedagogy, always advocating for the education of mentally disabled children, and working for the overall betterment of education in Italy.

Casa Dei Bambini

After much success in her educational efforts for children with mental delays, Maria Montessori decided to take her extensive learning and pedagogical tactics to those children who don’t have mental delays. In 1907, Maria opened the Casa Dei Bambini, or the “Children’s House,” for poor kids in San Lorenzo, Italy who ranged in age from three to six. From the very start, the school was a huge success and gave Maria a chance to put her ideals into practice. The Casa Dei Bambini would prove to serve as a significant point in her life, career, and would later signify the inception of the Montessori Method.

In part three, our final part of our Maria Montessori blog series, we’ll discuss the widespread growth and eventual global popularity of the Montessori Method.

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Instead of simply searching in Google for “private preschools near me,” “Montessori high school near me,” or “summer program near me,” just give the best Florida Montessori a call to talk to one of our staff members or to schedule a tour!

If you’re ready to see what this Montessori Method is all about, contact us! We’d love to talk with you about our classroom procedures, discuss our philosophies, and give you a tour of our Leesburg school.