Maria Montessori on Unschooling

August 12, 2006 @ 4:59 am | Filed under: , ,

"Supposing I said there was a planet without schools or teachers, study was unknown, and yet the inhabitants—doing nothing but living and walking about—came to know all things, to carry in their minds the whole of learning: would you not think I was romancing? Well, just this, which seems so fanciful as to be nothing but the invention of a fertile imagination, is a reality. It is the child’s way of learning. This is the path he follows. He learns everything without knowing he is learning it, and in doing so passes little from the unconscious to the conscious, treading always in the paths of joy and love."

—Maria Montessori

(With thanks to Donna G., local Montessori teacher and my fellow speaker at a recent alternative education panel, for bringing it to my attention.)

And in that vein, here’s what Rilla learned yesterday.


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    Becky says:

    When this came through on Bloglines, under Rilla’s photo was the *entirely* appropriate “Add to del.ici.ous” 🙂

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    JoVE says:

    She didn’t learn that yesterday. She’s been smiling and looking extra cute every time we’ve seen her on this here blog 🙂

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    Henry Cate says:

    Cute kid.

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    KC Powers says:

    Oh, so cute!!!

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    Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the quote. I haven’t heard that one before. It is beautiful!

    Speaking of beautiful, little Rilla sure is a peach! 🙂

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    June @So_Meow says:

    Oh, Melissa. I love this so much I almost cried!