Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator, acclaimed for her innovative educational method that builds on the way children naturally learn. In 1907 she opened the first Montessori school in Rome, Italy. Today there are more than 22,000 Montessori schools in 110 countries. Montessori method is in use today in a lot of public and private schools throughout the world.
“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.
“The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.
“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.
“It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.
“When dealing with children there is greater need for observing than of probing
“It is true that we cannot make a genius. We can only give to teach child the chance to fulfil his potential possibilities.
“Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.
“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.
“Respect all the reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.
“Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission.