"When he is at the school we adults have chosen for him, he is given a medal and we say, ‘What a clever teacher he has.’ "But it is the small child who is really a living miracle! This is what the teacher should see in the child: a pupil who has learnt in […]
Category Archives: Montessori Quick Bites
Items which usually begin with a quote from Dr. Montessori followed by ruminations on the themes she has brought up.
"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. "Our hope for peace in the future lies not in the formal knowledge the adult can pass on […]
"from your children? The European war is far less dangerous to their bodies than the spiritual risks which they run. We must imagine a much greater war, a universal one, to which all young men are called, and where the survivors are pointed out as absolutely exceptional. Therefore you are educating your sons for death. […]
" and assuages those desires which consume his precious powers in the vanity of illusion. Such a result is not to be achieved by imagining that he is living among his own possessions. Some teachers in charge of a model orphanage once said to me: ‘We too make our children perform the exercises of practical […]
"…Reality is studied in detail, then the whole is imagined. The detail is able to grow in the imagination, and so total knowledge is attained. The act of studying things is, in a way, meditation on detail. This is to say that the qualities of a fragment of nature are deeply impressed upon an individual." […]