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By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

Knowing what we must do is neither fundamental nor difficult, but to comprehend which presumptions and vain prejudices we must rid ourselves of in order to be able to educate our children is most difficult.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

At birth, the child leaves a person - his mother's womb - and this makes him independent of her bodily functions. The baby is next endowed with an urge, or need, to face the out world and to absorb it. We might say that he is born with 'the psychology of world conquest.' By absorbing what he finds about him, he forms his own personality.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The ‘absorbent mind’ welcomes everything, puts its hope in everything, accepts poverty equally with wealth, adopts any religion and the prejudices and habits of its countrymen, incarnating all in itself. This is the child!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

When the child goes out, it is the world itself that offers itself to him. Let us take the child out to show him real things instead of making objects which represent ideas and closing them up in cupboards.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

To give a child liberty is not to abandon him to himself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

in nature everything is transformed but nothing destroyed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

The environment itself will teach the child, if every error he makes is manifest to him, without the intervention of a parent of teacher, who should remain a quiet observer of all that happens.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

...we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher's task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The first duty of the educator, whether he is involved with the newborn infant or the older child, is to recognize the human personality of the young being and respect it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

No one can be free unless he is independent.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

Education demands, then, only this: the utilization of the inner powers of the child for his own instruction.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

We must, therefore, quit our roles as jailers and instead take care to prepare an environment in which we do as little as possible to exhaust the child with our surveillance and instruction

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

In nature nothing creates itself and nothing destroys itself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

Imitation is the first instinct of the awakening mind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

Since it is through movement that the will realises itself, we should assist a child in his attempts to put his will into act.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

Only when the child is able to identify its own center with the center of the universe does education really begin.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

Free choice is one of the highest of all the mental processes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

If a child finds no stimuli for the activities which would contribute to his development, he is attracted simply to 'things' and desires to posses them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

Adults have not understood children or adolescents and they are, as a consequence, in continual conflict with them.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Maria Montessori

What is generally known as discipline in traditional schools is not activity, but immobility and silence. It is not discipline, but something that festers inside a child, arousing his rebellious feelings.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The essential thing is to arouse such an interest that it engages the child’s whole personality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

A child is an eager observer and is particularly attracted by the actions of the adults and wants to imitate them. In this regard an adult can have a kind of mission. He can be an inspiration for the child's actions, a kind of open book wherein a child can learn how to direct his own movements. But an adult, if he is to afford proper guidance, must always be calm and act slowly so that the child who is watching him can clearly see his actions in all their particulars.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

When a child is given a little leeway, he will at once shout, "I want to do it!" But in our schools, which have an environment adapted to children's needs, they say, "Help me to do it alone." And these words reveal their inner needs.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

An interesting piece of work, freely chosen, which has the virtue of inducing concentration rather than fatigue, adds to the child's energies and mental capacities, and leads him to self-mastery.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

A child is mysterious and powerful; And contains within himself the secret of human nature.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

Freedom in intellectual work is found to be the basis of internal discipline.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The child's conquest of independence begins with his first introduction to life. While he is developing, he perfects himself and overcomes every obstacle that he finds in his path. A vital force is active within him, and this guides his efforts towards their goal. It is a force called the 'horme', by Sir Percy Nunn.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

The objects in our system are instead a help to the child himself, he chooses what he wants for his own use, and works with it according to his own needs, tendencies and special interests. In this way, the objects become a means of growth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

It is exactly in the repetition of the exercises that the education of the senses exists; not that the child shall know colors, forms or qualities, but that he refine his senses through an exercise of attention, comparison and judgment.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear, striking his imagination. Once this love has been kindled, all problems confronting the educationist will disappear.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The child is the spiritual builder of mankind, and obstacles to his free development are the stones in the wall by which the soul of man has become imprisoned.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

Freedom without organization of work would be useless. The child left free without means of work would go to waste, just as a new-born baby, if left free without nourishment, would die of starvation.The organization of the work, therefore, is the cornerstone of this new structure of goodness [in education], but even that organization would be in vain without the liberty to make use of it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

A child in his earliest years, when he is only two or a little more, is capable of tremendous achievements simply through his unconscious power of absorption, though he is himself still immobile. After the age of three he is able to acquire a great number of concepts through his own efforts in exploring his surroundings. In this period he lays hold of things through his own activity and assimilates them into his mind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

The real preparation for education is the study of one's self.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

Children must grow not only in the body but in the spirit, and the mother longs to follow the mysterious spiritual journey of the beloved one who to-morrow will be the intelligent, divine creation, man.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

Our goal is not so much the imparting of knowledge as the unveiling and developing of spiritual energy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

Social grace, inner discipline and joy. These are the birthright of the human being who has been allowed to develop essential human qualities.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

An adult who does not understand that a child needs to use his hands and does not recognize this as the first manifestation of an instinct for work can be an obstacle to the child's development

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

When the children had completed an absorbing bit of work, they appeared rested and deeply pleased. It almost seemed as if a road had opened up within their souls that led to all their latent powers, revealing the better part of themselves. They exhibited a great affability to everyone, put themselves out to help others and seemed full of good will.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

Within the child lies the fate of the future.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

Joy is the evidence of inner growth.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.