Birthday of Maria Montessori
The Montessori method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, in the early 1900s. Dr. Montessori understood the importance of encouraging and engaging the curiosity of young children. She recognized that children love to learn, especially in an environment of self-directed, purposeful activities. It is these types of activities that lead to greater independence, concentration, and personal growth.
Today, The Montessori School of Fort Smith continues to focus on the individual child and allows him or her to move through the curriculum at their pace. No grades are given, because every child masters his lessons before moving on to the next one, thus building a strong foundation of learning. Some of the most innovative people of our time consider their Montessori educations critical to their success: Julia Child, Peter Drucker, Larry Page and Sergei Brin (Google founders), Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon.com), and Steve Case (AOL) to name a few.