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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Maria Montessori Quotes for Parents


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“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.”


“The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth.”

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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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“Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.”

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“Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements.” 

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“Imitation is the first instinct of the awakening mind.”

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"A child is an eager observer and is particularly attracted by the actions of the adults and wants to imitate them. In this regard, an adult can have a kind of mission. He can be an inspiration for the child's actions, a kind of open book, wherein a child can learn how to direct his own movements."   

 “... an adult if he is to provide proper guidance, must always be calm and act slowly so that the child who is watching him can clearly see his actions in all their particulars.”


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If we could say, "We are respectful and courteous in our dealing with children, we treat them as we should like to be treated ourselves," we should have mastered a great educational principle and be setting an example of good education. 


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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. 

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

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


“Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission.”
 

“The child should live in an environment of beauty.”
 
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"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."

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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.”



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

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

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“Free choice is one of the highest of all the mental processes.”
 
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”

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“The essential thing is to arouse such an interest that it engages the child’s whole personality.”
 
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“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”
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The more the capacity to concentrate is developed, the more often the profound tranquility in work is achieved, then the clearer will be the manifestation of discipline within the child. 

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"As soon as children find something that interests them they lose their instability and learn to concentrate."

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"Aesthetic and moral education are also closely connected with the training of the senses. By multiplying sense experiences an developing the ability to evaluate the smallest differences in various stimuli, ones sensibilities are refined and ones pleasures increased."

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"The teacher's first duty is to watch over the environment, and this takes precedence over all the rest. Its influence is indirect ...."

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"The teacher's task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child."
  
“When dealing with children, there is greater need for observing than of probing.”

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 “The environment itself will teach the child, if every error he makes is manifest to him, without the intervention of a parent or teacher, who should remain a quiet observer of all that happens.”

In the Montessori environment, the materials are designed to be self-correcting, for the purpose of fostering self confidence and the love of learning. All Montessori Math materials build sequentially on previous learning, introduce concrete learning before abstract learning, are self-correcting, and isolate the difficulty being learned.  [Source]

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Writing is a key to a double gain. It enables the hand to master a vital skill like that of speaking and to create a second means of communication that reflects the spoken word in all its details. Writing is thus dependent upon mind and hand. 

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"It is self-evident that the possession of and contact with real things brings, above all, a real quantity of knowledge." 

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"There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all of the life to be found around them in a real forest." 

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"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."

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

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“The child can develop fully by means of experience in his environment. We call such experiences ‘work’.”

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 “Such experience is not just play…. It is work he must do in order to grow up.”

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 “We found individual activity is the one factor that stimulates and produces development.”

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“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”

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“The human hand allows the mind to reveal itself.”

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 “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”

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"We habitually serve children; and this is not only an act of servility toward them, but it is dangerous, since it tends to suffocate their useful spontaneous activity."

“He who is served is limited in his independence.”

 
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 “The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self.”

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Preparation of the Chalice:  A Child working in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium 



“These words reveal the child’s inner needs; ‘Help me to do it alone’.”

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“The child becomes a person through work.”


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“The child builds his inmost self out of the deeply held impressions he receives.”

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 “Growth is not merely a harmonious increase in size, but a transformation.”

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“The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.”

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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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“Character formation cannot be taught. It comes from experience and not from explanation.”


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“Only through freedom and environmental experience is it practically possible for human development to occur.”
 
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 “Since it is through movement that the will realizes itself, we should assist a child in his attempts to put his will into action.”

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“Respect all the reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.”

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"No one can be free unless he is independent: therefore, the first, active manifestations of the child's individual liberty must be so guided that through this activity he may arrive at independence.

"We must support as much as possible the child's desires for activity; not wait on him, but educate him to be independent." 


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“The activity of the child has always been looked upon as an expression of his vitality.  But his activity is really the work he performs in building up the man he is to become. It is the incarnation of the human spirit.”

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"The word 'education' must not be understood in the sense of teaching but of assisting the psychological development of the child." 

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"The role of education is to interest the child profoundly in an external activity to which he will give all of his potential."


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"Our aim is not only 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." 

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"We seek to sow life in the child rather than theories, to help him in his growth, mental and emotional as well as physical, and for that we must offer grand and lofty ideas to the human mind." 


 “To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator.”

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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.”

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“It is true that we cannot make a genius.  We can only give to teach a child the chance to fulfill his potential possibilities.”

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“Growth comes from activity, not from intellectual understanding.”

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“Education should no longer be mostly imparting knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentials.”

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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.”

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“To give a child liberty is not to abandon him to himself.”

 “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.”

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

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 “No adult can bear a child’s burden or grow up in his stead.”

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“The child’s parents are not his makers but his guardians.”

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“All our handling of the child will bear fruit, not only at the moment, but in the adult they are destined to become.”
 

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  "Of all things, love is the most potent.”

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

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“The unknown energy that can help humanity is that which lies hidden in the child.”

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"Within the child lies the fate of the future." 

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

 
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“We must therefore turn to the child as to the key to ... our future life.”

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Dr. Maria Montessori
(August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952)



2 comments:

Rocina Fontina said...

This is definitely going to be a rich resource for me in my work! Thank for making the time to make this mind-opening post.

Sweetums5 said...

You're welcome, honey! Each of Dr. Montessori's quotes are real nuggets of wisdom and great reminders for us all as parents and educators.

Love, Mama

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