Dr. Maria Montessori (August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952)
Dr. Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, philosopher, humanitarian and devout Catholic. She is best known for her philosophy and the Montessori method of education of children from birth to adolescence.
Her educational method is in use today in a number of public as well as private schools throughout the world.
“The Montessori experience at an early age prepares children at a later age to be able to isolate, classify, discriminate, analyze and use critical thinking skills. It is a basis for creative learning and intellectual curiosity.” Maria Montessori
“The didactic material control every error. It is precisely in these errors that educational importance of the materials lies.” – Maria Montessori
“Education is not something which the teacher does. It is natural process which developers spontaneously” – Maria Montessori
“The Montessori teacher learns to be a scientific observer and facilitator. The educator provides an environment for children that is developmentally appropriate to help the child grow in all areas: social, cognitive, emotional and physical.” – Maria Montessori
“What is the greatest sign of success for a teacher transformed? Is it to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” ” – Maria Montessori
“The child seeks for independence by means of work; an independence of body and mind” – Maria Montessori
“The real preparation for education is the study of one’s self” – Maria Montessori
“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.” – Maria Montessori
“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” – Maria Montessori
“Wait while observing. That is the motto of the educator.” – Maria Montessori
“Let us wait and be always ready to share in both the joys and difficulties which the child experiences.” – Maria Montessori
“Only practical work and experience lead the child to maturity.” –Maria Montessori