The Lady and the Philosophy

Maria Montessori had a very broad vision of education for humanity and believed that the way to peace was through education. She developed the Montessori method by following the natural development of the child. Through observation and trial and error, Montessori was able to create specialized materials that children can manipulate and learn from on their own, without adult intervention.

Montessori did not protect her name because the method was based on years of observation of natural childhood development. To her dismay, many “Montessori” schools started emerging that weren’t following the basic principles of what she had developed. In order to protect her findings, in 1929 Maria Montessori and her son Mario started the Association Montessori International (A.M.I) — an association that protected the Montessori name and method.

Association Montessori International (A.M.I)

“…it is not true that I ‘invented’ what is called the Montessori method. I have studied the child; I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it, and that is what is called the Montessori method.”

At Lyonsgate Montessori we always strive to adhere to the high standards of the Association Montessori Internationale.