We have designed this Free Montessori Online Courses to spread awareness about Dr. Maria and her method and to give a glimpse into our Online Learning Management System.
Introduction: This short course is about the Biography of Dr. Maria Montessori and includes an introduction to Montessori method. It is based on five units, and includes five videos and 3 presentations. The presentations have inbuilt audio and may take a few minutes to download. So please be patient.
Summary of the Course: Dr. Maria Montessori was Italy’s first lady doctor. She, a medical doctor by profession, turned out to be one of the world’s most influential educators of all times. Her scientific bent of mind drove her to observe the children and discover their pedagogical and developmental needs. She found out that traditional education is incompatible with natural developmental and learning patterns. It is oppressive and a hindrance to the wholesome development of the faculties of the mind and the body.
She opened her first Casa dei Bambini (House of Children) in 1907 in Rome. Like a scientist, she observed her children and developed materials and teaching strategies, which were compatible with their natural urges and drives. She tested her findings and shared them with a good group of friends who would verify and report back. It took her nearly twenty years to say that she had developed a system of educating children. She believed that her method of education could cause complete regeneration of mankind.
She got many recognitions for her work. She was asked to represent Italy in many conferences and occasions. She was nominated thrice for the Noble Peace Prize. She was pictured on 1000 Lire note and a 200 Lire coin of Italy. Leaders, educators, scientists, scholars and people from all fields of life praised her work. She wrote many books on her method and conducted Montessori training programs all over the world. Thousands of Montessori schools opened globally and even after the lapse of more than a hundred years, Montessori system still proves to be superior than other educational systems in every research. It is right when people say that she was “a woman much ahead of her time”.