Our Favorite Maria Montessori Quotes

Whenever we are struggling with our Montessori methods, or just need a little inspiration to take our instruction up a notch, we typically turn to the woman herself. We like to read some of her quotes to help better our understanding of what we are trying to accomplish. Through this, we typically find ourselves being better at instructing our daughter. So, here are some of our favorites. We hope they inspire you as much as they have us. 

Lets start with our favorite.

Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves.
— Maria Montessori

This one speaks to our parenting outlook and helps us remember to let kids be kids. 

Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.
— Maria Montessori

When we need to feel the pressure of our task. 

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.
— Maria Montessori

What are we working toward?

Joy, feeling one’s own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul.
— Maria Montessori

Why waste our time for theirs?

Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.
— Maria Montessori

As time passes and we encounter more quotes that help answer some of our inner questions, we will continue to add them here. So, check back often and leave a comment of your favorite quotes.