"Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor alwaus to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence."
"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." Maria Montessori
...nature endows a child with a sensitiveness to order. It is a kind of inner sense that distinguises the relationships between various objects rather than the objects themselves,...Such an environment provides the foundation for an integrated life." Maria Montessori
"Within the child lies the fate of the future." Maria Montessori
"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'." Maria Montessori
"Of all things, love is the most potent." Maria Montessori
"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."
"It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand he universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work on it."
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