About Maria


The montessori method of teaching was named after Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952). She was born in Chiaravalle, a small town near Ancona in the Marche in Eastern Italy. She was the first Italian women to qualify as a medical doctor and also studied psychology and engineering. Her scientific background underpins much of the montessori philosophy. Her prime motivation for most of her adult life was the education of the child. She was a true pioneer of child-centre education. Fundamental to the montessori approach is a great respect for the child as an individual. The design of the montessori didactic materials demonstrates a remarkable insight into children′s learning dispositions. She came to India in 1939 at the invitation of Rukmini Devi and Dr.G.S. Arundale. They persuaded her to run a teacher′s training program in the Adyar campus of the Theosophical Society and she continued her work with children and adults here for nearly 10 years.


"The child is endowed with unknown powers, which can guide us to a radiant future. If what we really want is a new world, then education must take as its aim the development of these hidden possibilities. Thus, the whole concept of education changes. It is no longer an enforced task of verbal instruction and intellectual retention of ideas. It becomes a matter of helping the child the psychological development of man, the mind in its processes of development, to aid its energies strengthen of its many powers." – Dr. Maria Montessori
From the age of two till the age of six, children in Prodigy are part of the Montessori Programme. They spend three or four years in this environment of mixed ages. Assisted by Montessori Directresses who have an understanding of the principles of development, the children work with scientifically- made Montessori materials. The role of the Directress is to observe the children and assist them towards purposeful activity. A Montessori environment is created for children. In it, the children are free to move, to choose, to speak and to work. In this environment, children are respected and are independent individuals. They work and interact with other children of mixed ages in an atmosphere of helpfulness and co-operation. Children who have supportive home environments and benefits of Montessori education will take many assets with them into their life beyond school. They will be capable of judging their own work. They will be disciplined workers, interested in orderly processes, and will set high standards of excellence for themselves.