Little Genius Montessori Center 
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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.