As parents, our interest in Montessori comes always from a place of love–expressed as a desire to provide the best environment possible for our baby’s learning! Montessori is sometimes known as “education for peace,” which intimately connects it with love. Maria Montessori, the founder of the Montessori curriculum and an expert on early childhood development, talked a lot about love, and Valentine’s Day is a perfect occasion to honor all the ways in which we show it to our children. Here are some of Maria Montessori’s quotes about love, and the reasons why they are so relevant to our lives as parents!
It is empowering to realize that you are your child’s first teacher. Many parents assume this role by trying to fill their little one with as much information as possible, as quickly as possible. But children are independent spirits who will learn through their own exploration and experience. In Montessori, supporting your child’s learning means being respectful of her unique and self-motivated development process, and observing the ways in which you can help that process happen.
The ability to observe your child’s needs and provide for her, without hindering her freedom of movement, expression, and thought, is the ultimate demonstration of love.
Your 0-3 year-old has what Maria Montessori termed “The Absorbent Mind,” meaning that he internalizes everything he observes in his environment and uses it to begin constructing the person he will become. As he explores his environment, he will begin to discover the things that he loves and is interested in. This will allow him to start building his own personality as he incarnates the world around him. Offer your child an environment that will fascinate, engage, and delight him, and he will engage and delight you in return!