1896-1906 Period of Indirect Preparation – During this time Maria had many varied experiences and positions. She later related this to her philosophy of education in that the child should be offered opportunities that lead to new skills and other experiences. Montessori was on the staff of Orthrophrenic Psychiatric Hospital for “mentally deficient” children. She studied Itard and Seguin who had researched how people learn. She also studied anthropology, psychology and philosophy.