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Montessori Quote of the Day

Montessori Quote

The child in this beginning needs close communication with the maternal body which has a special love for it. Look at mammals. They hide their young away in the first days of their life. They stay with them in the dark. Domestic animals, like cats, hide their kittens away in a dark cupboard, where there is silence and no light. They fiercely resist anyone who attempts to look at their kittens. They will let no one near them for a few days. During the first days, the natural instinct is to defend the young from the environment.

Maria Montessori, The 1946 London Lectures, p. 112