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10 Fabulous Quotes About Early Childhood Education By Maria Montessori

Who is Maria Montessori?

Maria Montessori, born in 1870, was the first woman in Italy to receive a medical degree. She worked in the fields of psychiatry, education and anthropology. She believed that each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed, rather than as a “blank slate” waiting to be written upon. Her main contributions to the work of those of us raising and educating children are in these areas:

  • Preparing the most natural and life supporting environment for the child
  • Observing the child living freely in this environment
  • Continually adapting the environment in order that the child may fulfill his greatest potential — physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually ~MichaelLolaf

10 Maria Montessori Quotes On Education, Learning, and Imagination

“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”

“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”

“Scientific observation then has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment.”

“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”

“Only through freedom and environmental experience is it practically possible for human development to occur.”

“Our work is not to teach, but to help the absorbent mind in its work of development. How marvelous it would be if by our help, if by an intelligent treatment of the child, if by understanding the needs of his physical life and by feeding his intellect, we could prolong the period of functioning of the absorbent mind!”

“Once a direction is given to them, the child’s movements are made towards a definite end, so that he himself grows quiet and contented, and becomes an active worker, a being calm and full of joy.”

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

“When dealing with children there is greater need for observing than of probing”

Also, check out, What Early childhood Program Is Best For Your Child for a peek inside a Montessori classroom.

Lori

Freelance Blogger at ImmenselySocial.com
Lori Hil is a freelance blogger and content curator with an AAS in Early Childhood Education. She now gets to combine her love of writing and teaching through the written word. You can find her all around the web, but especially enjoying the freelance life at ImmenselySocial.com
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