Maria Montessori’s Birthday
On Friday 31st August we celebrated Maria Montessori’s birthday. The CRC raised $174 from the sale of their Dad Jokes book and used the money to purchase a Pinkabelle dwarf apple tree. Our reception CRC reps planted the tree with the help of the gardening children in honour of Maria Montessori.
At assembly children read out information about her life and listened to Adele read the translation in Italian. We celebrated her birthday afterwards by sharing an Italian treat together.
Here are a few interesting facts about Maria Montessori:
She was born on August 31, 1870, in Chiaravalle, Italy, in a middle-class family with well-educated parents. She was an Italian physician, the 1st Italian female to earn a medical degree.
Maria Montessori’s first appointment was as an assistant doctor in the psychiatric clinic of the University of Rome, where she had her first prolonged contact with mentally challenged children. She enjoyed tremendous success in teaching the children herself, while refining and applying her innovative methods and training other teachers to work with the children.
In 1906 the Italian government put Dr Montessori in charge of a state-supported slum school in the San Lorenzo quarter of Rome which had 60 children aged 3 to 6 from poverty-stricken families. Utilising scientific observation and experience gained from her earlier work with young children, Montessori designed learning materials and a classroom environment that fostered the children’s natural desire to learn. News of the school’s success soon spread through Italy and by 1910 Montessori schools were acclaimed worldwide.
Montessori was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize three times.