At Excellent Montessori in Lithonia, we’re passionate about seeing every single child embraced for who they are, taught at their own level, and celebrated for their unique attributes. With so many public and private educational institutions, children are filtered through in masses with little thought given to their individual needs. This “business of school” treats children as if they were numbers, and has a standardized education so that every lesson is taught the exact same way, every single time, to every single child. Contact Excellent Montessori to discuss the future of your child’s education!

What Sets Montessori Apart?

The things that set Excellent Montessori apart can feel endless. From where we’re sitting, there is really no comparison between the standard educations that are so prevalent in our society today and our expertly created and extremely effective Montessori Method. With over a century of proof, we don’t need to shout about how amazing Montessori is. From the very beginning, the goal of Montessori has been to provide children with an environment that is safe, positive, and specially formatted for them and the unique way that they learn the material. Since no child is the same as the next one, Montessori is passionate about contouring learning so that each child is enlightened, embraced, and given the confidence to thrive.

In part one of our blog series, we discussed the early life and college education of Maria Montessori. In today’s blog, we’re going to take a look at how Montessori continued education, started a family, and even began her work with children. Continue reading below to learn more!

Early Career and Family

Though she was met with much hostility and harassment from other medical students because of her gender, Maria Montessori graduated medical school from the University of Rome in 1896. It was during this time that she gave birth to a son and placed him with a foster family in the country. She would be reunited with her child during his teen years and he would actually be a huge part of her efforts later in life.
Directly after finishing medical school, she began researching and working with mentally disabled and mentally retarded children in an effort to better understand them and their delays. Through the influence of well-known 19th Century physicians and educators, Maria Montessori began to see the need for a more specific and organized system for educating children with delays and disabilities.

Further Studies

From the time that Montessori graduated medical school, to the time that she re-enrolled at the University of Rome to pursue a degree in philosophy, Maria spent her time studying children’s pedagogy, advocating for the education of disabled children, and working for the betterment of education in Italy.

Casa Dei Bambini

After much success in making educational efforts for children with mental delays, Maria Montessori decided to take her learning and pedagogy educational tactics to children who don’t have mental disabilities. In 1907, Montessori opened the Casa Dei Bambini, the “Children’s House” for the poorest kids ages three to six in San Lorenzo, Italy. This first school was a huge success and gave Maria a chance to put all of her learning and ideals into practice. This school would serve as a significant point in her life and career, and it really was the beginning of the Montessori Method.

In part three, our final portion of this blog series, we’ll discuss the widespread growth and popularity of the Montessori Method not only in Europe but across the globe.

Contact the Experts

If you’re ready to see what Montessori is all about, contact us! We’d love to talk with you about our methods, discuss our philosophies, and give you a tour of our Lithonia school. We’ve got an excellent elementary program, a wonderful Montessori daycare for pre-K kids, an after-school program, a Montessori summer camp, and so much more!