Ahead of her time, Maria Montessori has had a greater impact on education than most people realize! One of her most outstanding contributions were her inventions of the amazing Montessori didactic materials.
She understood the importance of the hand-brain connection and developed pedagogical materials to stimulate the senses and provide the brain with a concrete understanding of abstract concepts.
Montessori has touched the lives of children and adults around the world. By recognizing the child’s own ability to learn, teachers gently guide the child along the path of knowledge. A mutually respectful working relationship develops where teacher and child work together to help develop the construction of knowledge. This early independence develops creative minds, capable of intense problem-solving. Indeed, some of today’s great thinkers, artists, and politicians were Montessori educated.