Dr. Maria Montessori founded the first Children's House in Rome in 1907. She developed a method of instruction, in a scientifically designed environment, where the child has freedom of movement. The child learns at his/her own pace and reaches his/her potential.
It has been shown that the early years, birth to six, are the vital years to reach a child's true potential. In this period, he/she learns easily and is most responsive. Children of mixed aged groups are in the same environment involved in their own projects or involved with working with others. It is an ungraded classroom in which each child receives individual attention and thereby learns at his/her own pace.
Montessori teachers are specially trained to observe and take leads of the child, and to meet the needs of students. A Montessori child leaves the environment with a feeling of independence and confidence.