Montessori Resources for Families

The Absorbent Mind

“Let us keep before us this image of the child who absorbs everything in the environment, and who, in his mysterious subconscious, fixes it in his personality. One day the child gives expression to what has been fixed in his subconscious, just as a photographer, coming out of his darkroom, will show you the proof of the photograph which was taken.”

Maria Montessori, The 1946 London Lectures

Education as an Aid to Life

“To understand the needs of the child and to supply these so that his life develops fully, that is the aim underlying my method.”

Maria Montessori, Montessori Speaks to Parents

Freedom of Choice

“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.”

Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

Hands on Learning

“In our schools we allow the children to use their spontaneous activity by offering them objects which call for movements appropriate to their stage of development; in this way they learn through doing. This is their work, and their concentration and perseverance is astonishing.”

Maria Montessori, Maria Montessori Speaks to Parents