What is Montessori?
Dr. Maria Montessori was an Italian physician who formulated a particular
Philosophy of education. She wrote of the sensitive periods, which are periods
of intense fascination for learning a particular characteristic or skill such
as going up and down steps, putting things in order, counting or reading. It is
easier for the child to learn this skill during the corresponding sensitive
period than at any other time in his/her life. Dr. Jean Piaget, a contemporary
Swiss child psychologist, writes of “critical periods” which correspond to Dr.
Montessori’s sensitive periods. At these times in a child’s life, he or she has
the ability to effortlessly master a new skill or piece of knowledge.