The Montessori Method of education was developed in Italy by Maria Montessori in the early 1900s. The Montessori Method emphasizes children’s natural curiosity. Montessori schools promote self-paced, independent learning. Children are encouraged to partake in hands-on learning and collaborative play, while guided by experienced staff and a classroom filled with learning opportunities. A Montessori education prepares children to be innovative, life-long learners.