Casa dei Bambini (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Casa dei Bambini (Montessori)

The Children’s House (Casa dei Bambini in Italian, often also referred to as Kinderhaus in German) is a term used in Montessori education to refer to a prepared environment for children aged three to six years.[1] This space is meticulously designed to meet all of a child’s developmental needs in a safe and secure environment. The term Kinderhaus emerged during Montessori’s collaborative work with Clara Grunewald in Germany before the rise of Adolf Hitler. The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was actually first registered in Berlin, which might explain the use of the German spelling.[2]


Montessori Quotes

  • “The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity, as often happens in the case of the old-time discipline… And all this should be achieved in the way we have already indicated, by operating on the environment, not on the child.”[3]
  • “The child, in fact, once he feels sure of himself, will no longer seek the approval of authority after every step.”[4]