Maria Montessori was the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome’s school of medicine. Dr. Maria Montessori gained recognition for her work in math and the established sciences. She also pursued study in the newer disciplines of the day: anthropology and psychiatry. These two areas of interest would be of great value to her in her work as a physician and scientist.
Her approach to education was based on her observations as well as her belief that the education of children was the means to create a better society.
She observed children around the world and found that the laws of development she had recognized in Italy were universal and inherent in children of all races and cultures. The Montessori approach to education continues to be respected and practiced internationally today.
The development of the whole child encompasses the unfolding of the human spirit and the growth of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive learning. At Miss Pattycake Montessori we place the highest value on preparing the child to be thoughtful, engaged members of society, as well as academically prepared to face the challenges of our every changing society.
The educational goals include instilling in children a love of learning, the ability to make appropriate learning choices, and respect for oneself, other people, and their physical surroundings. The application of Montessori practices allows the child to explore and be curious, learn at their own pace and to be a contributing member of their classroom community.