One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child." Maria Montessori
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening
to words but by experiences in the environment." Maria Montessori
"To Assist a child, "we must provide him with an environment, which will enable him
to develop freely." Maria Montessori
"The moment I decided to follow instead of lead, I discovered the joys of becoming
part of a small child's world." Janet Gonzalez-Mena
“We must be the compassion we wish to see in others!" Janet Gonzalez-Mena
the following quote was from a video called," "The Passion for Early Childhood".
"It made me feel whole. It made me feel creative and so it became my life long work; early childhood education and the passion to make sure that all children were taught in environments and in ways that truly nurtured their ability to grow and to develop to their fullest ability." Louise Derman-Sparks
Other quotes I've found:
"Play for young children is not recreation activity,... It is not leisure-time activity nor escape activity. Play is thinking time for young children. It is language time. Problem-
solving time. It is memory time, planning time, investigating time. It is organization-of ideas time, when the young child uses his mind and body and his social skills and
all his powers in response to the stimuli he has met."
--James L. Hymes, Jr., child development specialist, author
"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." Plato
"As astronauts and space travelers children puzzle over the future; as dinosaurs and princesses they unearth the past. As weather reporters and restaurant workers they make sense of reality; as monsters and gremlins they make sense of the unreal.
Gretchen Owocki Contemporary American early childhood educator
"Hands constitute the infant’s first connection to the world. Hands pick the infant up, lay him down, wash, dress, and feed him. What a different picture of the outside world an infant has when quiet, patient, careful, yet secure hands take care of him. How different the world must seem when these hands are impatient, rough, hasty, unquiet and nervous."
—- Emmi Pikler
"School success begins not with learning ABC’s as a preschooler, but with
learning as an infant how to trust and feel secure, explore one’s environment, and form close attachments." ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families. Infant Toddler Policy Agenda
"Experts generally agree that taking all opportunities to read
books and other materials
aloud to children is the best preparation for their learning to read. The pleasures
of being read to are far more likely to strengthen a child's desire to learn to read
than are repetitions of sounds, alphabet drills, and deciphering uninteresting words."