I was supposed to be a lawyer but thanks to my children I became a Montessori educator. Montessori's view of life opened my eyes and my heart. Starting with lots of literature about Montessori education system and psychology of the child, I then started Montessori training in Oslo and opened my small kindergarten in Kaunas. I’m still learning every day as Montessori inspires learning through your whole life. We try to inspire our children to do the same.
I work with children from 0 up to 6 years. Parents who come to my kindergarten often say they would have started earlier to bring up children in a Montessori way if they only knew how. So my passion is to give consultations for the parents with very small children or even those who are expecting a baby soon and want to know how to bring up their miracle with respect and open the opportunities which every day is opening for them.
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What is Montessori education?
To start talking about Montessori education first I have to write a little bit who stands behind it. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was one of the firsts female doctors in Italy. At first she focused in psychiatry and then got interested in education. She went deep in child studies and pedagogy. In 1907, Maria accepted a challenge to open a full-day childcare center in San Lorenzo, a poor inner-city district of Rome. The students were ages 3 – 7, who were left to their own while their parents went out to work. This center, the first of its kind in the nation, and a high-quality learning environment, became the first Casa dei Bambini. She spent a lot of time observing children and learned that they prefer order, responsibility in regard to their environment, doing real-life work with real-life materials, working in quiet, and learning socially acceptable personal care. She respected the child and believed in his or her capability. Using scientific observation and experience Maria designed learning materials and a classroom environment that fostered the children’s natural desire to learn and provided freedom for them to choose their own materials. In the years following, and for the rest of her life, Maria dedicated herself to advancing her child-centered approach to education. She lectured widely, wrote articles and books, and developed a program to prepare teachers in the Montessori Method. Through her efforts and the work of her followers, Montessori education was adopted worldwide.