"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.  Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core."
-Dr. Maria Montessori

Within a safe and empowering community, Montessori children learn to believe in themselves.  In an atmosphere of independence within community, they never lose their sense of curiosity and innate ability to learn and discover.  

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that teachers should focus on the child as a person.  Montessori teachers lead children to ask questions, think for themselves, explore, investigate and discover.  Their ultimate objective is to help their students to learn independently and retain the curiosity, creativity, and intelligence with which they were born.  Much of Montessori education is simply about learning how to learn:  observing life, listening, looking for patterns, making connections, and reflecting on how things fit together and how they work.  

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