What is Montessori?Montessori is an internationally recognized method of education formulated by a physician/educator, Dr. Maria Montessori. It's main goal is to cultivate the natural desire to learn. In Montessori classroom, each child develops a non-competitive atmosphere as the teacher carefully guides the development of practical, academic, intellectual and social skills at the child's own pace. Through individual discovery and exploration of didactic materials, the children are engaged in choosing and working spontaneously and repeatedly in response to their inner directives to facilitate optimal development.
Why Montessori?Once considered an educational experiment, Montessori is increasingly becoming the blueprint for a new approach to learning—one that's demonstrating long-term success in both private and public U.S. schools. Montessori's core tenets, that effective learning is self-directed and that education calls for development of the "whole person", are shaping a generation uniquely prepared for the demands of the 21st century.
Montessori is a completely different way of teaching and learning. Many of its core ideas correspond directly to recommendations in this and other studies. It's an approach that acknowledges it is how—and not what—we learn that most shapes the developing personality. While independent studies show that Montessori students perform academically as well or better than more traditionally educated peers, we believe it's their demonstrably better life skills that best prepare our young people for a complex and fast-changing world.
Association Montessori InternationaleThe Association Montessori Internationale was founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain the integrity of her life's work, and to ensure that it would be perpetuated after her death. The objectives of the Association are to uphold, propagate and further the pedagogical principles and practice formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori for the full development of the human being.
The Head Office of the Association Montessori Internationale is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The building, which houses the AMI Secretariat, was acquired for Dr. Maria Montessori and Mario Montessori before their return from India. They lived and worked there until their respective deaths in 1952 and 1982. It now preserves all traces of their work - documents, books, published and unpublished lectures. The building features Dr. Montessori's study, a materials room and an archival library.