Happy Birthday Dr. Maria Montessori

Happy Birthday Dr. Marie Montessori

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Happy birthday to a woman who understood how children learn. Thank you for your legacy and wisdom, You were a visionary Dr. Montessori.

Here is a post I  wrote a while back titled, Montessori Garden: There’s 15 Children Running around without Smocks and Open Cans of Paint

I am excited to have booked a photography and creative writing residency recently . I will be spending five glorious creative days with 4th, 5th, and 6th graders at a Montessori school facilitating, “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.” This residency is quite popular, as it is primarily what I book in regards to school residencies. Students take digital photos and write 1,000 words about them. It is very exciting to see students’ creativity as they plant the seed and nurture it to bloom.

If you are interested in bringing an experienced educator and writer to your school, organization, or business for a workshop or residency, please explore the descriptions of my workshops and residencies. I can cater them to your business or organization’s needs.  I am currently working with a Kennedy Center mentor to develop a new ten-day residency focusing on WWII history and giving voice to characters. If you are interested in my workshops and/or residencies, please email me at memomuse@gmail.com. I would love to visit your school and work with your students and staff, as well as your business or organization.

All quotes below are Dr. Montessori and I agree with all of them.

“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”

“The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.”

“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.”

“It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.”

“When dealing with children there is greater need for observing than of probing”

“It is true that we cannot make a genius. We can only give to teach child the chance to fulfil his potential possibilities.”

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”

“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.”

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”

“Respect all the reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.”

“Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission.”


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