Maria Montessori

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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.
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…...

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