Dr. Maria Montessori gave the world a scientific method, practical and tested, for bringing forth the very best in young human beings. She taught adults how to respect individual differences, to emphasise social interaction and the education of the whole personality rather than the teaching of a specific body of knowledge.
Montessori practice is always up-to-date and dynamic because observation and the meeting of needs is continual and specific for each child. When Children's physical, mental and emotional needs are met, they play and work with a purpose and exhibt a desire to teach, help and care for others and for their environment.
The Montessori method of education is a model which serves the needs of children of all levels of mental and physical ability. Children live and learn in a natural, mixed-age group which is very much like the society they will live in as adults.
The discoveries of Maria Montessori are valuable for anyone living and working with children in any situation.