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Maria Montessori with a student

"The greatest of the human personality begins at the hour of birth, so education must start from birth."

"The education of a very small child does not aim at preparing him for school but for life."

"Education is not something which a teacher does, but it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in human beings. The first thing a child’s education demands is the provision of an environment in which he can develop the powers given him by nature."

"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination."

- Maria Montessori

About Dr. Maria Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori with her studentsDr. Maria Montessori, born in 1870, was an Italian physician and educator. She was the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy. It was through her work and interest as a physician that she came to care for developmentally delayed children. In working with these children, Dr. Montessori was able to bring them to a higher level of development, which enabled them to enter regular schools.

Having achieved such startling results from her program, Dr. Montessori concluded that the "normal" child's potential for development was also being overlooked by the existing system of education. Dr. Montessori sought to understand, through scientific research and observation, what guided the child's psychological structure and what could be done to aid this growth. She perceived the spirit of the child and developed a child-centered philosophy of education. She devoted her life to this work and was honored and respected throughout the world by the time of her death in 1952.

Montessori Resources

Booklist for Children

  • Maria Montessori: A Biography for Children, by Rayma Hayes.
  • Our Peaceful Classroom, by Aline Wolf.
  • Mammolina, A Story about Maria Montessori, by Barbara O'Connor.

Suggested Reading for Adults

  • Look at the Child, by Aline Wolf.
  • Montessori and your Child, by Terry Malloy.
  • At Home with Montessori, Patricia Oriti.
  • Montessori Education, by The American Montessori Society.
  • Montessori Education: A Primer for Parents, by Terry Maloy
  • Parents Guide to the Montessori 3-6 Classroom, by Aline Wold.
  • Positive Discipline, by Jane Nelsen.
  • Nurturing the Spirit, by Aline Wolf.

Books by Maria Montessori

  • Child Education
  • Education and Peace
  • Education for a New World
  • From Childhood to Adolescence
  • The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol. 1 and 2
  • The Child in the Family
  • To Educate the Human Potential
  • The Formation of Man
  • The Secret of Childhood
  • What you should know about your child
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