Philosophy

Dr. Montessori, was a prolific and highly quotable writer. In her long and varied career as a physician, professor, intellectual, and full-time educator, discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the humanbeing. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. [Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, translated by Claude A. Claremont]

After observing children, Dr. Montessori realized that the core of personality belongs to each person-child or adult. Therefore each person needs to choose life through spontaneous activity in his own unique way, within clearly defined limits.

Dr. Montessori saw that by using a more scientific approach to education - one based on “education as an aid to life”, centered on the child’s developmental needs, many obstacles hindering these children’s development could be eliminated.

She said that “It is the child who builds the man’ ...and then elaborates,’ he does not do so at random but following the dictates and the impulse of nature’. The goal of Montessori education is to support this process of natural self construction which occurs through the intrinsically motivated “spontaneous activities of the child”.

A child in his earliest years, when he is only two or a little more, is capable of tremendous achievements simply through his unconscious power of absorption, though he is himself still immobile. After the age of 3 he is able to acquire a great number of concepts through his own efforts in exploring his surroundings. In this period he lays hold of things through his own activity and assimilates them into his mind. [Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child, After observing children translated by M. Jos eph Costelloe, S.J.]

Creativity itself doesn't care at all about results - the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it

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