Dr. Maria Montessori was the first woman physician in Italy, graduating from the University of Rome in 1898. She specialized in pediatrics and discovered the marvellous abilities of young children to learn through their senses.
There are thousands of Montessori schools all over the world nowadays.
Why enroll your child at an early age in a Montessori program? The formative (or critical) period of profound sensitivity to learning is from birth to six years. Using his "absorbent mind", the young child takes in his world with great ease. The clearest example of this absorbent mind is the child's explosion into speech without any obvious teacher except himself.
Scientific observation has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not only by listening to words, but by experiences upon the environment. The task of the teacher becomes that of preparing a series of motives of cultural activity, spread over a specially prepared environment, and then refraining from obtrusive interference. Human teachers can only help the great work that is being done, as servants of the master. Doing so, they will be witnesses to the unfolding of the human soul and to the rising of a New Man who will not be the victim of events but will have the clarity of vision to direct and shape the future of human society.