|Dr. Maria Motessori was the first female physician in Italy. She established a pre-school in a working class neighborhood in Rome where she discovered the remarkable ability of young children to learn through their senses. Her observations have since been confirmed by scientific studies and her methods are now utilized in thousands of schools all over the world.
Just as a child “learns” spontaneously to speak his native language, so too, does he “teach” himself about the structural world around him. When placed in a prepared environment full of self-correcting materials, the child can fulfill his drive to order and understand his surroundings. When presented with these materials at a pace that is suitable for his comprehension, each child can develop his abilities to the highest levels.Since the establisment of the first Casa de Bambini 100 years ago, her theory that a child can teach himself to read, write and calculate in the same natural way that he taught himself to walk and talk continues to prove true.By using materials specifically designed to stimulate the senses and achieve success, the child will need to know more. This drive to learn, to make sense of his observations, leads to the establishment of many traits such as independence, concentration, curiosity, and self-confidence.