This blog post is continued from the previous Adobe Montessori blog entitled “Maria Montessori: Her Career”:
…Despite overtly difficult circumstances, Maria Montessori’s Casa del Bambini yielded unusually positive results. Her kids, although some of Rome’s poorest, showed more motivation to self-teach, higher levels of autonomy, and overall intelligence than their peers. Maria had accomplished such astounding results using new, unorthodox methods.
Her methods focused on the patterned implementation of several daily routines. These practices included a wide variety of exercises, with emphases such as practical life activities, directed outdoor play, singing of songs in groups, the care of flora and fauna, and deliberate conversational interactions. Student tasks and assignments focus on life application, rather than theoretical or memorization-based testing.
With such improvements shown in their students, a second Casa del Bambini was created a few years later. After two successful and excelling schools in operation, her work began to garner widespread notoriety and respect. Teaching organizations and educational institutions began monitoring, and even observing her work. Soon school systems both near and far began translating their observations and teachings into new educational models, and the Montessori way seemed to snowball.
Her teachings began to surface in large school districts in major cities around the world such as Stockholm, Johannesburg, and even London. More than just surfacing, school administrators and teachers began building curriculum on principles taught by Dr. Montessori. With cultural evolution, and the struggles she had faced as a girl trying to obtain a quality education, she became a large-scale voice and avid advocate for women’s rights, even during inconvenient times to do such, such as the first World War, and the later Great Depression.
The remaining records of her life highlight the final years of her life gathering and meeting with large groups of teachers, expanding and further teaching her work until 1952, when she died, leaving a legacy of meaningful, high-quality education we adhere to here at Adobe Montessori School.