It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.” ~Maria Montessori
A visionary of her time and Italy’s first female physician, Dr. Maria Montessori started the first Montessori classroom 1907. Through her profound interest in child development and her acute scientific observation of children from various backgrounds and cultures, she developed a unique and time-tested method of education.
Dr. Montessori wrote, “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to age six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself is being formed.”
Recent studies confirm that from conception to age 4, children develop 50% of their mature intelligence, and from 4 to 8 years they develop another 30%! What an amazing opportunity awaits your child in the pre-school years! Ensuring each child takes full advantage of that precious opportunity is the secret behind the power of the Montessori method.
Montessori education develops the “whole child”. The curriculum encourages independence, the development of problem solving skills, and social development, all through a combination of self-directed education and a multi-sensory approach to learning. One of the Montessori school in Richmond provides the “essentials” for stimulating and supporting each child’s learning is the prepared environment. Working within a classroom equipped with a wide range of carefully designed and hands-on materials, children are encouraged to explore, question, and experience the joy of discovering the world around them.
For over 100 years, Montessori has been providing students with a solid educational foundation.
Famous Montessori Alumni
- Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google
“I do think I benefited from the Montessori education which in some ways gives the students a lot more freedoms to do things at their own pace, to discover,” said Sergey Brin.
- Will Wright, video game creator (Sims, SimCity, and Spore)
“Montessori taught me the joy of discovery. It showed you can become interested in pretty complex theories, like Pythagorean theory, say, by playing with blocks. It’s all about learning on your terms, rather than a teacher explaining stuff to you.”
- Stephen Curry, American professional basketball player
“Montessori gave me a lot of confidence at a young age… I feel it is a good fit for anybody, because you can go at your own pace.”
- Katherine Graham, former owner-editor of The Washington Post
“The Montessori method—learning by doing— once again became my stock in trade.”
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and Author of Love in the Time of Cholera
“I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.”
- Daniel Pink, Best-Selling Author, The New York Times
“At the heart of the Montessori method is self-direction and letting kids follow their own curiosity, not dictating things, not bribing them or threatening them but allowing self-direction as the pathway to understanding and excellence.”
- Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com
- T. Berry Brazelton, pediatrician and author
- Julia Child, author, chef, and TV cooking show host
- George Clooney, Academy Award winning actor, director, producer and screenwriter
- Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, former first lady and editor of Doubleday
- Prince William and Prince Harry, sons of Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales
- Prince George, son of Prince William and Kate Middleton
- Anne Frank, author/diarist from World War II
- Chelsea Clinton, NBC News special correspondent and Daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton