In the beginning of the twentieth century, Dr. Maria Montessori, a young Italian doctor, developed a new educational method- an approach based on observing the child’s natural development. She realized that children take in impressions and learn patterns of behaviour, knowledge and skills through a series of personal experiences offered in the environment around them. She called this the Absorbent Mind. She emphasized that education should go beyond the mere acquisition of knowledge, and instead be an aid to life. She believed that the child’s physical, social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual development are interrelated.
The Montessori approach to education helps the children develop to their potential. The Montessori environment fosters creativity, initiative, independence, inner discipline and self-confidence. The children learn to be responsible for working and making appropriate choices. Throughout the Montessori years, the children not only become well educated, but they develop a genuine joy for learning that will be a part of them for life.
AMI Association Montessori International was established in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain, propagate and further principles and practices of education conducive to the development of all human potential.