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Wikipedia Summary for Maria Montessori

Maria Tecla Artemisia Montessori ( MON-tiss-OR-ee, Italian: [maˈriːa montesˈsɔːri]; August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy. At an early age, Montessori enrolled in classes at an all-boys technical school, with hopes of becoming an engineer. She soon had a change of heart and began medical school at the Sapienza University of Rome, where she graduated with honors in 1896. Her educational method is in use today in many public and private schools globally.

Only practical work and experience lead the young to maturity.

--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

The adult works to improve his environment while the child works to improve himself.

--Maria Montessori

The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.

--Maria Montessori

Never help a child with a task that they feel they can complete themselves.

--Maria Montessori

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

--Maria Montessori

It is not in human nature for all men to tread the same path of development, as animals do of a single species.

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The greatest source of discouragement is the conviction that one is unable to do something.

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The environment acts more strongly upon the individual life the less fixed and strong this individual life may be.

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Dependence is not patriotism. A man does not love his mother if he hangs about her to the point of burdening her with a weak, feckless son.

--Maria Montessori

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

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What the hand does the mind remembers.

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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.

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The hand is the prehensile organ of the mind.

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The prize and punishments are incentives toward unnatural or forced effort, and, therefore we certainly cannot speak of the natural development of the child in connection with them.

--Maria Montessori

If we really want children to grow into independent and resourceful adults, we should stop pouring their milk as soon as they have learned to pour it themselves and stop fastening their buttons as soon as they can fasten them without help.

--Maria Montessori

We weep in front of the dead and we aspire towards saving humanity from destruction, but it is not the salvation from dangers, it is the elevation that is the destiny of everyone of us which should stand before our mind's eye. It is not death, but the lost paradise that should afflict us.

--Maria Montessori

There is in the child a special kind of sensitivity which leads him to absorb everything about him, and it is this work of observing and absorbing that alone enables him to adapt himself to life.

--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.

--Maria Montessori

A teacher, therefore, who would think that he could prepare himself for his mission through study alone would be mistaken. The first thing required of a teacher is that he be rightly disposed for his task.

--Maria Montessori

Great tact and delicacy is necessary for the care of the mind of a child from three to six years, and an adult can have very little of it.

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If children are allowed free development and given occupation to correspond with their unfolding minds their natural goodness will shine forth.

--Maria Montessori

The activity of the child has always been looked upon as an expression of his vitality.

--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.

--Maria Montessori

There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature.

--Maria Montessori

If I am going up a ladder, and a dog begins to bite at my ankles, I can do one of two things -- either turn round and kick out at the it, or simply go on up the ladder. I prefer to go up the ladder!

--Maria Montessori

The adult ought never to mold the child after himself, but should leave him alone and work always from the deepest comprehension of the child himself.

--Maria Montessori

When we want to infuse new ideas,
to modify or better the habits and customs of a people,
to breathe new vigor into its national traits,
we must use the children as our vehicle; for little can be accomplished with adults.

--Maria Montessori

We must therefore turn to the child as to the key to the fate of our future life.

--Maria Montessori

Happiness is not the whole aim of education. A man must be independent in his powers and character; able to work and assert his mastery over all that depends on him.

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It is in the encounter of the maternal guiding instincts with the sensitive periods of the newly born that conscious love develops between parent and child.

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

--Maria Montessori

Culture and education have no bounds or limits; now man is in a phase in which he must decide for himself how far he can proceed in the culture that belongs to the whole of humanity.

--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.

--Maria Montessori

Sometimes very small children in a proper environment develop a skill and exactness in their work that can only surprise us.

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A child starts from nothing and advances alone. It is the child's reason about which the sensitive periods revolve. The reason provides the initial force and energy, and a child absorbs his first images to assist the reason and act on it.

--Maria Montessori

But if for the physical life it is necessary to have the child exposed to the vivifying forces of nature, it is also necessary for his psychical life to place the soul of the child in contact with creation.

--Maria Montessori

Joy is the evidence of inner growth.

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The first essential for the child's development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.

--Maria Montessori

Imitation is the first instinct of the awakening mind.

--Maria Montessori

If we can, when we have established individual discipline, arrange the children, sending each one to his own place, in order, trying to make them understand the idea that thus placed they look well, and that it is a good thing to be placed in order.

--Maria Montessori

The observation of the way in which the children pass from the first disordered movements to those which are spontaneous and ordered -- this is the book of the teacher; this is the book which must inspire her actions.

--Maria Montessori

The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil.

--Maria Montessori

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

--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.

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The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one's self.

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

--Maria Montessori

It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at it.

--Maria Montessori

The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.

--Maria Montessori

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

--Maria Montessori

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

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Play is the work of the child.

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It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.

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The child, in fact, once he feels sure of himself, will no longer seek the approval of authority after every step.

--Maria Montessori

Do not erase the designs the child makes in the soft wax of his inner life.

--Maria Montessori

The child's parents are not his makers but his guardians.

--Maria Montessori

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

--Maria Montessori

Our aim is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.

--Maria Montessori

Of all things love is the most potent.

--Maria Montessori

The child will reveal himself through work.

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A man is not what he is because of the teachers he has had, but because of what he has done.

--Maria Montessori

Growth comes from activity, not from intellectual understanding.

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

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

--Maria Montessori

The senses, being the explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.

--Maria Montessori

Education should no longer be most imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.

--Maria Montessori

What advice can we give to new mothers? Their children need to work at an interesting occupation: they should not be helped unnecessarily, nor interrupted, once they have begun to do something intelligent.

--Maria Montessori

Education today, in this particular social period, is assuming truly unlimited importance. And the increased emphasis on its practical value can be summed up in one sentence: education is the best weapon for peace.

--Maria Montessori

Love and the hope of it are not things one can learn; they are a part of life's heritage.

--Maria Montessori

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

--Maria Montessori

The principal agent is the object itself and not the instruction given by the teacher. It is the child who uses the objects; it is the child who is active, and not the teacher.

--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.

--Maria Montessori

No one can be free unless he is independent.

--Maria Montessori

Preventing war is the work of politicians, establishing peace is the work of educationists.

--Maria Montessori

Every great cause is born from repeated failures and from imperfect achievements.

--Maria Montessori

Rewards and punishments, to speak frankly, are the desk of the soul, that is, a means of enslaving a child's spirit, and better suited to provoke than to prevent deformities.

--Maria Montessori

He who experiments must, while doing so, divest himself of every preconception. It is clear then that if we wish to make use of a method of experimental psychology, the first thing necessary is to renounce all former creeds and to proceed by means of the method in the search for truth.

--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.

--Maria Montessori

By the age of three, the child has already laid down the foundations of his personality as a human being, and only then does he need the help of special scholastic influences. So great are the conquests he has made that one may well say: the child who goes to school at three is already a little man.

--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.

--Maria Montessori

An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.

--Maria Montessori

An educational method that shall have liberty as its basis must intervene to help the child to a conquest of liberty. That is to say, his training must be such as shall help him to diminish as much as possible the social bonds which limit his activity.

--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.

--Maria Montessori

Mental development must be connected with movement and be dependent on it. It is vital that educational theory and practice should be informed by that idea.

--Maria Montessori

The teacher's task is not a small easy one! She has to prepare a huge amount of knowledge to satisfy the child's mental hunger. She is not like the ordinary teacher, limited by a syllabus. The needs of the child are clearly more difficult to answer.

--Maria Montessori

The concept of an education centered upon the care of the living being alters all previous ideas. Resting no longer on a curriculum, or a timetable, education must conform to the facts of human life.

--Maria Montessori

Conventions which camouflage a man's true feelings are a spiritual lie which help him adapt himself to the organized deviations of society.

--Maria Montessori

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

--Maria Montessori

Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.

--Maria Montessori

Learning to speak, therefore, and the power it brings of intelligent converse with others, is a most impressive further step along the path of independence ... Learning to walk is especially significant, not only because it is supremely complex, but because it is done in the first year of life.

--Maria Montessori

To stimulate life, leaving it then free to develop, to unfold, herein lies the first task of the teacher.

--Maria Montessori

The children are now working as if I did not exist.

--Maria Montessori

Deceit is a kind of garment that conceals the soul. It might even be compared to a whole wardrobe, so many are its guises.

--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.

--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.

--Maria Montessori

It is not the child as a physical but as a psychic being that can provide a strong impetus to the betterment of mankind. It is the spirit of the child that can determine the course of human progress and lead it perhaps even to a higher form of civilization.

--Maria Montessori

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