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Maria Montessori
Julianne Perry
ECE101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Monica Kelly
June 13, 2011

Thesis: Maria Montessori's way of learning is very unique; her theory was for children learn in a natural and parent-supported environment. Outline
I. Education of Montessori
1. First woman to receive a Medical Degree in Italy
A. Studied psychiatry, education and anthropology.
B. Worked, wrote and spoke for children with special needs
2. Many schools use the Montessori Method to teach today
A. Principles of the Montessori Method
B. Planes of Development
II. Learning Style
1. Independence
A. Children work individually rather than in-group activities
B. Children have more freedom and work at their own pace
2. Strong Parent Involvement
A. Parents participate in their child's activities home away from school
B. Parent education programs
III. Schools Today
1. Teachers syllabus
A. Independent projects for children and programs for parent involvement
B. Children work on anything they want, at their own pace

Montessori's teaching is different than traditional lessons because her lessons are more about parent involvement and individuality rather than group activity. This paper will show how Montessori inspires me and how my classroom would compare to hers. Maria Montessori is a very smart woman, in my opinion. By reading a time-line about her and learning more and more about her, I understand her learning style. "Maria Montessori believed that each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed, rather than as a ‘blank slate’ waiting to be written upon." (Webmaster, 2011). Maria grew up during the time when a woman could either become a teacher or a nun. The look of the classrooms discouraged Maria; they were stringent and repressive. "As an elementary school student Montessori blossomed. She was average in intelligence, but good at exams, and she led her classmates in many games. She found the classroom set-up and repetitions very boring, yet she learned. When it came time to leave elementary school she had to ask her parents if she could continue. Women in her time were not encouraged to get more than an elementary school education. " (Notable Biographies, 2011). Maria was striving to continue her education. She eventually did return to school to study engineering after attending traditional school. "Montessori herself felt that the crucial ingredient was learning to be a good observer of children, learning to deduce and intuit what children need, both in general and as unique individuals, in order to develop to their fullest potential." (MontessoriLive.net, 2005). When teaching students with special needs, in a Montessori school, for example, a child with Autism has impairment in one of the following areas: Communication, socialization and imagination. In a prepared environment, children at the Montessori school can feel welcome and there is stability in the classroom for children with special needs. Materials in Montessori schools provide children with hands-on learning and stimulations. “Because the Montessori curriculum is by its nature, inclusive, the child with autism should feel safe and secure in the Montessori environment. It is the perfect place to learn and grown at his own pace.” (Irinyi, 2008). The learning style of Montessori is very similar to my vision of a classroom I can teach one day. Children need to learn on their own. Especially at a young age; they explore and we can see things that interest them rather than forcing interest in certain lessons. I'm a very "green" person and into natural parenting. "Parents should understand that a Montessori school is neither a baby-sitting service nor a play school. Rather it is a unique cycle of learning designed to meet the natural development of the child. Those children who learn the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic in this natural...
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