In Maria Montessori words:

“Within the child lies the fate of the future.”

“Play is the work of the child.”

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

“The first essential for the child development is concentration.”

“An interesting piece of work, freely chosen, which has the virtue of inducing concentration rather than fatigue, adds to the child’s energies and mental capacities, and leads him to self-mastery.”

“Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not just for school, but for life.”

“Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.”

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

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”

“The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt by the educator.”

“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of Responsibility and the wings of Independence.”

“Only through freedom and environmental experience is it practically possible for human development to occur.”

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

“Help me to do it all by myself.”

„The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.”

„Let us give the child a vision of the whole universe… The Universe is an imposing reality, and answer to all questions.”

”Never give to the brain more than we give to the hand.”

“Children from birth to six years have a power that we no longer have, for they are at the age of creation”

“The hand is the instrument of the intelligence.”

“The environment is fundamental; it must facilitate the expansion of the being in process of development by a reduction of obstacles to a minimum, and must allow free scope for a child’s energies, by offering the necessary means for the activities to which they give rise. Now the adult himself is part of the child’s environment; the adult must adjust to the child’s needs if he is not to be a hindrance to him and if he is not substitute for the child in the activities essential to growth and development.”

“…But handicrafts, which produce beautiful objects, and which society is now attempting to revive, could well be entrusted to young people.  Let us hope that the art of fine craftsmanship is not lost simply because machines exist.  May young people be given the possibility of continuing to lovingly produce beautiful things!“

“A child is in search of every means of expression, he speaks, he writes, he draws, he sings like a nightingale, warbling in the springtime.”

“It is necessary to create surroundings for the child that answers his needs not only from the point of view of his physical health but also from the point of view of his spiritual needs. The child must be able to act freely in such an environment. There he must find motives for constructive activity that corresponds to his developmental needs.”