1. What does “Montessori” mean? The Montessori method is named after Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman doctor in Italy, who devoted her adult life to the observation and study of children. Rather than “teaching” a child concepts, the Montessori environment is designed to stimulate the child’s interest and facilitate his understanding and learning capacities with little or no adult intervention. In this environment the child can unfold spontaneously and manifest the greater person within. According to Maria Montessori, “the child is the father of the man.” The child begins to develop within himself the foundations for a lifetime of creative learning, favourable attitudes toward school, and habits of concentration, initiative, order and persistence.