“The Work of Education is divided between the teacher and the environment.” –Maria Montessori
Last week was Montessori Week at my son’s preschool. It was a week dedicated to Maria Montessori and her wonderful work in education. Each day they discussed a profound quote from Maria Montessori and also helped the children to understand a little about her life and work. When I asked my son about Maria Montessori, this is what he said.
“She was a really important lady. She made Montessori schools. Her name is actually Maria Montessori, our school is named after her. She knew how kids learned. She did great work.”
I have been spending some time over the last year reading about Maria Montessori, her work and the educational philosophies of the Montessori schools. It is all so interesting and I wanted to share with you some fun facts about Dr. Maria Montessori and also some famous folks who have attended Montessori schools.
Interesting Facts about Maria Montessori and Montessori Schools:
- Maria Montessori was born in Italy in the year 1870…a time when females were not allowed to go to public schools (this law was changed when she was seven years old)
- Maria Montessori was the first female physician in Italy and it is said by some that she received permission from the pope to attend medical school.
- Both Gandhi and Helen Keller were friends of hers and influential in helping her develop her ideas and curriculum.
- Alexander Graham Bell and Eleanor Roosevelt started Montessori schools (Bell started his for his grandkids)
Famous People Who Attended Montessori Schools (this list is from Montessori for Everyone)
- Anne Frank, writer
- Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon
- Sergey Brin and Larry Page, co-founders of Google
- Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter and architect
- Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
- Will Wright, designer of The Sims
- Katherine Graham, owner-editor of The Washington Post
- Sean Combs, famous rapper of Bad Boy Records
- Julia Child, first TV chef
- Princes William and Harry, British nobility
- Helen Hunt, Academy Award-winning actress
- George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, novelist and Nobel Laureate
- Joshua Bell, American violinist, owner of Stradivarius violin
- Lea Salonga, multi-awarded Filipino-American singer and