According to Maria Montessori, the most important period in life is between birth and the age of six years.
Its is precisely during that period that not only the
intelligence but also the
of a child, are formed.
She considered that each child was unique and had his/her own personality,
pace, qualities and potential difficulties.
The method created by Maria Montessori is based on a profound
respect of the fundamental needs and potential of each child.
It focuses on the development of the child’s initiative
by enabling him/her to discover by him/herself
what his/her interests are.
For Maria Montessori, the aim of an education is to combine the
most favourable conditions to enable a harmonious development
during life’s first six years. Education is thus perceived as
a help to live
According to Maria Montessori, the purpose of education is to cultivate the child’s
desire to learn
The child’s “work” is to build the person he/she will become hence the necessity to
help him/her develop his/her autonomy.