1. The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn.

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

  3. The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.

  4. The child who has felt a strong love for his surroundings and for all living creatures, who has discovered joy and enthusiasm in work, gives us reason to hope that humanity can develop in a new direction.

  5. Peace is what every human being is craving for, and it can be brought about by humanity through the child.

  6. Our aim is not merely 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.

  7. Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity which is derived from a sense of independence.

  8. The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.

  9. Play is the work of the child.

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


The complete list of 374 Maria Montessori sayings