“We are not here to teach the child, we are here only to assist the child in learning.”
“Education demands only the utilization of the inner powers of the Child for his own instruction”
“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.”
“Never let the child risk failure until he has a reasonable chance of success.”
An extraordinarily gifted person, Maria Montessori was always ahead of her time.She became Italy’s first female doctor when she graduated in 1896. Then her natural intellectual curiosity led to an exploration of children’s minds and how they learn.Dr. Montessori was a teacher of teachers. She wrote and lectured unceasingly.Dr. Montessori’s work garnered her the Nobel Peace Prize nominations in 1949, 1950 and 1951.
Maria Montessori believed that one does not teach children, but rather creates a nurturing environment in which children can teach themselves through creative activity and exploration.The teacher is a ‘keeper of the environment’ who is there mainly to facilitate the children’s self-conducted learning process.
Maria Montessori wrote over a dozen books.The most well known are the Montessori Method and The Absorbent Mind.The Montessori Method was started in Casa Dei Bambini in a slum district of Rome.Montessori took fifty hopelessly deprived ghetto children and awakened them to life’s excitement and possibilities.
Dr. Montessori’s pioneering work with children’s education began at the beginning of the twentieth century. One hundred years later her philosophy and approach remains remarkably fresh and in tune with modern minds. In particular it resonates with parents who seek to stimulate their children through creative activity and exploration in all its forms.and interact on a high social plane with their peers and adults. Montessori students are naturally curious about their surroundings and are eager to explore anything and everything.Children educated in the Montessori manner know who they are as people. They are confident and completely at ease with themselves.
The Montessori movement has spread throughout the world. It is a shining beacon of light in a dreary educational world. What Maria Montessori started as a scientific investigation has flourished as a monumental humanitarian and pedagogical endeavor. What she felt in her heart has become an international cause.