The Montessori Way

A visionary philosophy

Maria Montessori was a visionary, not only in her philosophy of education, but in many other realms as well. Check out the links and books referenced below for insights into history of the Montessori method and contemporary application of her work.

“When we took the personality of the child into account in and of itself, and offered it full scope to develop in our schools – where we constructed an environment that answered the needs of his spiritual development – he revealed to us a personality entirely different from the one we had previously taken into consideration…. With his passionate love of order and work, the child gave evidence of intellectual powers vastly superior to what they were presumed to be. It is obvious that in traditional systems of education, the child instinctively resorts to dissembling in order to conceal his capabilities and conform to the expectations of the adults who suppress him.”

Montessori in the News

"The Montessori Mafia," The Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2011

“Learning the Montessori Way Still Fun 100 Years Later,” Seattle Post Intelligencer, January 30, 2007.

“Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of, Credit their Montessori Education for Much of Their Success,” December 8, 2004. Read about it on the International Montessori Council E-News.

University of Utah Researchers look at Montessori Middle Schools and find that “Environments that Promote Deep Engagement Yield More ‘Psychologically Complex’ Students,” 2005.

Suggested reading

The following is a very brief reading list for those of you who are interested in expanding your knowledge about Montessori. Many of these books are available in local libraries.

Montessori, A Modern Approach by Paula Polk Lillard

Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard

The Child in the Family by Maria Montessori

From Childhood to Adolescence by Maria Montessori

To Educate the Human Potential by Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori by Rita Kramer

The Elementary Method by Maria Montessori

Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angelina Stoll Lillard

Click here for e-text version of Montessori Method, Dr. Maria Montessori, Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York, 1912.

Montessori Links

American Montessori Society

Association Montessori Internationale

Home Schooling and Montessori

Montessori Connections

North American Montessori Teachers’ Association