Founded by Maria Montessori (1870-1952) in the early 1900s
There are more than 4,000 private and 200 public Montessori schools in the United States.
There are more than 7,000 Montessori schools in other parts of the world.
The teaching method emphasizes that children are to be respected as different from adults and as individuals who are different from
The method also emphasizes that the most important years for learning are from birth to age 6 and that children possess unusual sensitivity and mental powers for absorbing and learning from their environment.