Who is Maria Montessori?

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator, acclaimed for her educational method that builds on the way children learn naturally.

She opened the first Montessori school—the Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House—in Rome on January 6, 1907. Subsequently, she traveled the world and wrote extensively about her approach to education, attracting many devotees. There are now thousands of Montessori schools in countries worldwide.

Maria Montessori was born on August 31, 1870, in the provincial town of Chiaravalle, Italy. Her father was a financial manager for a state-run industry. Her mother, raised in a family that prized education, was well schooled and an avid reader—unusual for Italian women of that time. The same thirst for knowledge took root in young Maria, and she immersed herself in many fields of study before creating the educational method that bears her name.

Beginning in early childhood, Maria lived in Rome, growing up in a paradise of libraries, museums, and fine schools.

The Montessori Approach in Alternate Applications

Recognizing the many values of intergenerational relationships, and the alignment of Montessori philosophy with adult-care needs, some Montessori schools now include programs that bring together students and the elderly for meaningful interactions. Others create cross-cultural relationships with Montessori schools in distant countries, opening the doors for students to form global connections and strengthen their understanding of peoples worldwide. Many Montessori schools, if not most, incorporate community-based service learning programs in their curriculum.

excerpts about Maria Montessori found on the AMSHQ.ORG website.

Why We Do What We Do

We founded Vintage Alternative, LLC while
caring for a loved one. Through our personal
experiences we learned quickly how
mental well-being greatly impacted physical condition.
When faced with overwhelming responsibilities
caring for a loved one, time is very
important. The vital aspects of self-care get
lost, which can add an extra layer of stress and
impact the health of the loved one and the whole

We are here to assist in restoring the balance by
decreasing stress, time constraints, and helping
overcome other barriers for both your loved one
and you!

In Loving Memory of
Grandma Edith (1927 – 2018)

Why Are We Montessori Based?

Due to our experiences we set out to create a companion care service that focuses on the things that matter most to the whole family: having peace of mind knowing that we are providing your loved ones with care that ensures the best possible quality of life, plenty of interaction, socialization and fun to live life to the fullest! How do we do this? By using the Montessori Principles, focusing on dignity, independence, and quality of life.