“To have unbounded faith in children. To know that each child has great potential and to have the patience and wisdom to bring it forth. May love and understanding lead me.” – Maria Montessori
‘We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity”. – Maria Montessori
“The Child’s conquests of independence are the basic steps in what is called his ‘natural development’.” Maria Montessori (the Absorbent Mind, chapter 8. P.84)
“The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth.” Maria Montessori (The Absorbent Mind, P.4)
“He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.” Maria Montessori (The Absorbent Mind, P.25)
“The children of three years of age learn and carry out such work as sweeping, dusting, making things tidy etc. ………they learn to attend to their own personal needs, to wash themselves, to comb their hair etc. …These exercises are part of the method of education….These very children reveal to us the most vital need of their development, saying: ”Help me to do it alone!” Maria Montessori (Childhood to Adolescence, P.66 & 67)
“Yet a third interesting fact to be observed in the child of six to twelve is his need to associate himself with others, not merely for the sake of company, but in some sort of organized activity. He likes to mix with others in a group wherein each has a different status. A leader is chosen, and is obeyed, and a strong group is formed. This is a natural tendency, through which mankind becomes organized” – Maria Montessori (To Educate the Human Potential, p.4)
“Praise, help, or even a look, may be enough to interrupt him, or destroy the activity…….The great principle which brings success to the teacher is this: as soon as concentration has begun, act as if the child does not exist. Naturally, one can see what he is doing with a quick glance, but without his being aware of it.” Maria Montessori (The Absorbent Mind, Clio Press, 255)
“My vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding from secondary school to University but of passing from one stage of independence to a higher, by means of their own activity and effort of will.” Maria Montessori (From Childhood to Adolescence, opening)
“This is education, understood as a help to life; an education from birth, which feeds a peaceful revolution and unites all in a common aim, attracting them as to a single centre. Mothers, fathers, politicians: all must combine in their respect and help for this delicate work of formation, which the little child carries on in the depth of a profound psychological mystery, under the tutelage of an inner guide. This is the bright new hope for mankind.” Maria Montessori (The Absorbent Mind, pg. 15)