"The International Montessori Academy of Wilmington is an invaluable resource to children, parents and the community. The school is sensitive to the needs of each individual child, as well as each individual family."- Primary Program Parent
"Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment."- Maria Montessori
"We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being."- Maria Montessori
Montessori Principles (founded 1907)
Maria Montessori was born in Chiaravalle, Italy, and graduated from the University of Rome as Italy's first female physician. Maria Montessori introduced The Montessori Method of education in Rome in 1907. Her approach stresses development of initiative and self-reliance, while it encourages and permits children to do for themselves within well-defined limits. Dr. Montessori prepared teachers, through skillful techniques in observation, to design environments and materials to meet varying degrees of development within alternative age groupings of children. Each individual child, within this familial age grouping, is addressed and accommodated based upon her own personal developmental readiness and sensitivity, allowing for further development naturally and according to her own unique pace.
To learn more about the Montessori approach to education, please visit the site of the North American Montessori Teachers' Association.