What is Montessori?

Montessori is a comprehensive educational approach from birth to adulthood based on the observation of children’s needs in a variety of cultures all around the world.

Beginning her work almost a century ago, Dr. Maria Montessori developed this educational approach based on her understanding of children’s natural learning tendencies as they unfold in “prepared environments” for multi-age groups.

The Montessori environment contains specially designed, manipulative “materials for development” that invite children to engage in learning activities of their own individual choice. Under the guidance of a trained teacher, children in a Montessori classroom learn by making discoveries with the materials, cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning.

Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator & innovator who developed an educational method, which follows the way children naturally learn & develop.

​Dr. Montessori opened her first school – the Casa dei Bambini or Children’s House – in 1907 in the city of Rome.  Internationally acclaimed for the success of her method, Dr. Montessori traveled the world, writing extensively about her educational approach and training others in her method, until her death in 1952.

Buddhini Lathpandura
Founder and Lead Teacher

Buddhini, a native of Sri Lanka moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 1998. She holds B.A. in International Studies from North Carolina State University. She is Montessori certified and is currently working toward her M.A. Degree in Early Childhood Education. Buddhini began teaching in 2009 when she joined a Montessori school as an assistant teacher, where she fell in love with everything Montessori since then she has continued her work as a Montessori teacher.

​She has opened Origins Montessori School with the help of family and friends, which has been one of her biggest dreams since she was introduced to the Montessori world. She hopes to share her passion for Montessori education and her love for children through Origins Montessori.