From rigorously studying the laws of human development and being committed to catering for a child’s fundamental needs, she developed a complete educational method.
In 1907, she opened her first school “The House of Children” in a working-class district of Rome. She published her first papers, became well-known and her educational method became successful very quickly and spread beyond the borders of her country.
At the beginning of the Second World War, she went to India where she stayed during the whole war. There, she trained educators, opened many schools and met Gandhi and Nehru.
When the war ended, she settled for good in Amsterdam where she continued to develop her work. She founded the International Montessori Association which guaranteed to respect the ethics behind the scientific method.
She died on the 6th May 1952. Maria Montessori’s ideas have not only stood the test of time over a century, they have been confirmed and are increasingly taken up and developed further by more recent research in educational science and neuroscience.