Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was an Italian physician and educator who founded a philosophy of education that builds upon a child's natural path of development. Her lifelong observation of children and scientific study of pedagogy established an approach to learning which emphasises independence, self-directed activity, cooperation and learning in harmony with each child's unique pace of development.
"One test of the correctness of educational procedure
is the happiness of the child." - Maria Montessori