Maria Montessori was an Italian teacher who started work as a medical doctor and then changed to childhood learning after studying psychology and philosophy. She worked from the early 1900s almost until her death in 1952. Dr. Montessori’s schooling style focuses on children working at learning in a prepared setting, and using small tools and materials that fit a child’s size.
Montessori homeschooling is not a specific curriculum sold to parents. The Association Montessori Intenationale[i] grants teaching credentials for Infancy, Primary or Elementary level training, and those teachers work in Montessori schools. Parents, though, can learn about the work and philosophy of Maria Montessori and use this information at home.
[i] Association Montessori Intenationale http://www.montessori-ami.org/
International Montessori Society: What is Montessori?http://imsmontessori.org/what-is-montessori.htm
Montessori homeschooling http://www.montessori.edu/homeschooling.html
Home Ed Montessori Homeschooling http://groups.yahoo.com/group/playschool6/
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