Hafsa Naz Mahmood
Hussain of Glendale Heights is especially excited about Montessori
Education Week this year — mainly because she helped develop a
proclamation to declare the week in the state of
about perfect timing.
year is the 100th anniversary of Montessori Education Week, which runs
contacted Governor Rod Blagojevich’s office in November, and roughly a
month later accomplished her goal.
main reason for setting out on this endeavor was my strong belief in this
method and philosophy, and its countless benefits for our children,”
the early 1900s, Maria Montessori developed an innovative philosophy of
education that continues to influence learning across the country. The
Montessori program uses materials, techniques and observations that
support students’ natural development and encourage learning,
independence and self-confidence.
think it’s a huge honor that people would recognize Montessori because
it does so much for our children,” she said. “I think more and more
people need to be aware of the wonders of this philosophy and that
there’s an option other than traditional education.”
said the unique thing about Montessori schools is that kids literally
experience things. For example, they touch something that’s smooth and
rough, rather than just hear or read about it.
really follows the child’s developmental level,” Hussain said. “If a
four year-old is ready for something more advanced, they’re able to
provide the experience for this child to flourish.”
was a Montessori teacher for nine years and taught two- to six-year-old
students. She currently is taking a break because of her own young
her passion runs deep.
and her husband attended Montessori schools, she’ll make sure all her
children do and she said she’ll always be involved in one way or
another, whether it’s at the teaching level or at a school she opens one
feel like it’s in my blood,” she said. “I really believe in it.”