“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” – Maria Montessori

In its simplest form, ‘Montessori’ refers to the philosophy of child and human development as presented by Dr. Maria Montessori, one of the first Italian female physicians who lived from 1870 to 1952. Montessori was a true visionary whose progressive method and approach in her own time remain extremely relevant and highly respected more than a century later. We believe the following resources will be helpful in answering any questions you might have about Montessori and child development in general.

Books by Maria Montessori:

The Absorbent Mind
The Child in the Family
The Discovery of the Child
The Secret of Childhood

Interesting books by others about Montessori:

Montessori Play and Learn: A Parents’ Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six by Lesley Britton
Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education by Trevor Eissler
Montessori – A Modern Approach by Paula Polk Lillard
Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Paula Polk Lillard
Montessori Parenting: Unveiling the Authentic Self by Jim and Sonnie McFarland
The Development of the Human Potential by Mario Montessori, Jr.
At Home with Montessori by Patricia Oriti
How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin

Helpful books on the topic of child development and parenting:

Ames & Ilg: Your One Year Old, Your Two Year Old, Your Three Year Old, etc.
T. Berry Brazelton: Touchpoints, The Essential Reference
Daniel Coleman: Emotional Intelligence
JoAnn Deak: Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters
Rudolph Dreikers: Children: The Challenge
David Elkind: A Sympathetic Understanding of the Child, Birth to Sixteen, Miseducation, The Hurried Child
Ellen Galinsky: Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
Ellen Galinsky: The Six Stages of Parenthood
Penelope Leach: Children First
Jane Nelson: Positive Discipline books
Michael Thompson: Best Friends, Worst Enemies – Understanding the Social Lives of Children
Michael Thompson and Dan Kindlon: Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys

Montessori Connections …

Montessori has influenced many people, famous or not, who have grown to see the world in a new way. Among the short list of famous personalities who have either attended Montessori, sent their children to Montessori, or supported this educational approach are:

Alexander Graham Bell gave financial support to Maria Montessori
Joshua Bell, American violinist, owner of Stradivarius violin
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon
David Blaine, magician
T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google
Yul Brynner, famous actor
Julia Child, celebrity chef & author
Bill and Hillary Clinton, former President and U.S. Secretary of State
George Clooney, Academy-award winning actor
Michael Douglas, actor
Thomas Edison, scientist and inventor
Erik Erikson, psychologist
Henry Ford
Anne Frank, famous diarist from WWII
Sigmund Freund
Mahatma Gandhi
Katharine Graham, former owner-editor of The Washington Post (“The Montessori method – learning by doing – once again became my stock in trade…” from Personal History by Katharine
Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors
Helen Hunt, Academy-award winning actor
Helen Keller
The Dalai Lama
YoYo Ma, cellist
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, former editor, former First Lady
Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist
Fred “Mister” Rogers, television celebrity and author
Bertrand Russell
Lea Salonga, multi-awarded Philippino-American singer and Broadway actress
Susan St. James, actor
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
Will Wright, designer of The Sims
Prince William and Prince Harry, British Royal Family