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Maria Montessori: “Let the children be free”

Maria Montessori

“Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.”

– Maria Montessori, who was an Italian physician and then educator. Her methods for teaching children led her to first start a Casa dei Bambini (Children’s House), which evolved over the years into the myriad Montessori Schools around the world today.