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By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The greatest step forward in human evolution was made when society began to help the weak and the poor, instead of oppressing and despising them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt deeply by the educator.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

What the hand does the mind remembers.

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

How can we speak of Democracy or Freedom when from the very beginning of life we mould the child to undergo tyranny, to obey a dictator? How can we expect democracy when we have reared slaves? Real freedom begins at the beginning of life, not at the adult stage. These people who have been diminished in their powers, made short-sighted, devitalized by mental fatigue, whose bodies have become distorted, whose wills have been broken by elders who say: "your will must disappear and mine prevail!"-how can we expect them, when school-life is finished, to accept and use the rights of freedom?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

It is necessary, then, to give the child the possibility of developing according to the laws of his nature, so that he can become strong, and, having become strong, can do even more than we dared hope for him.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult.

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 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

If the idea of the universe is presented to the child in the right way, it will do more for him than just arouse his interest, for it will create in him admiration and wonder, a feeling loftier than any interest and more satisfying.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

The teacher’s first duty is to watch over the environment, and this takes precedence over all the rest. It’s influence is indirect, but unless it be well done there will be no effective and permanent results of any kind, physical, intellectual or spiritual.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self. Adults work to finish a task, but the child works in order to grow, and is working to create the adult, the person that is to be. Such experience is not just play... it is work he must do in order to grow up.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

In the vivid description of the Gospel, it would seem that we must help the Christ hidden in every poor man, in every prisioner, in every sufferer. But if we paraphrased the marvelous scene and applied it to the child, we should find that Christ goes to help all men in the form of the child.

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 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 study of love and its utilization will lead us to the source from which it springs, The Child.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

A great deal of time and intellectual force are lost in the world, because the false seems great and the truth so small and insignificant.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

To let the child do as he likes when he has not yet developed any powers of control is to betray the idea of freedom.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

It is well to cultivate a friendly feeling towards error, to treat it as a companion inseparable from our lives, as something having a purpose, which it truly has.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The development of the individual can be described as a succession of new births at consecutively higher levels.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

We are the sowers - our children are those who reap. We labor so that future generations will be better and nobler than we are.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

The more perfect the approximation to truth, the more perfect is art.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

Children display a universal love of mathematics, which is par excellence the science of precision, order, and intelligence.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The greatest triumph of our educational method should always be this: to bring about the spontaneous progress of the child.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

We do not believe in the educative power of words and commands alone, but seek cautiously, and almost without the child's knowing it, to guide his natural activity.

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

Independence is not a static condition; it is a continuous conquest, and in order to reach not only freedom, but also strength, and the perfecting on one's powers, it is necessary to follow this path of unremitting toil.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

It is almost possible to say that there is a mathematical relationship between the beauty of his surroundings and the activity of the child; he will make discoveries rather more voluntarily in a gracious setting than in an ugly one.

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

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

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 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

To have a vision of the cosmic plan, in which every form of life depends on directed movements which have effects beyond their conscious aim, is to understand the child's work and be able to guide it better.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

There should be music in the child's environment, just as there does exist in the child's environment spoken speech. In the social environment the child should be considered and music should be provided.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The child’s progress does not depend only on his age, but also on being free to look around him.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

How often is the soul of man - especially in childhood - deprived because he is not allowed to come in contact with nature.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

Order is one of the needs of life which, when it is satisfied, produces a real happiness

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 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The child is an enigma… He has the highest potentialities, but we do not know what he will be.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maria Montessori

Children have an anxious concern for living beings, and the satisfaction of this instinct fills them with delight. It is therefore easy to interest them in taking care of plants and especially of animals. Nothing awakens foresight in a small child such as this. When he knows that animals have need of him, that little plants will dry up if he does not water them, he binds together with a new thread of love today's passing moments with those of the morrow.

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 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

The exercises of practical life are formative activities, a work of adaptation to the environment. Such adaptation to the environment and efficient functioning therein is the very essence of a useful education.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maria Montessori

To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

Order is not goodness; but perhaps it is the indispensable road to arrive at it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maria Montessori

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.