pearls of wisdom

“We (Sergei and I) both went to Montessori school and I think it’s part of that training of … being self-motivated, questioning what’s going on in the world, doing things a little bit different.”  Larry Paige, co-founder Google

“Life is based on choice, so they [children] learn to make their own decisions.  They must decide and choose for themselves all the time … They cannot learn through obedience to the commands of another.”        A.S. Lillard, The Science Behind the Genius

“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.”      Dr. Maria Montessori

“Our care of the child should be governed not by the desire ‘to make him learn things’ but by the endeavour to keep burning within him that light which is called the intelligence.”        Dr. Maria Montessori

“Moment by moment, piece by piece following the universal plan, each child is engaged in the task of creating themselves as a fully developed, fully realised being.”   Dr. Maria Montessori

“Mastery of a concept or theory requires repeated exposure to that material: one almost never achieves instant understanding.”
Howard Gardner, Multiple Intelligences.

“…children are natural learners.  In the first years of life, they learn prodigiously about the world and the people around them and begin to develop some of the most remarkable capacities within them.”     Sir Ken Robinson