Four from Maria


As we begin another successful year of Montessori education at The Grosse Pointe Academy — today was the Academy Early School’s first day of the 2017-18 school year — we are pleased to offer four quotes (plus one bonus) from the founder of one of the world’s most innovative education philosophies, Maria Montessori.

NOTE: The Grosse Pointe Academy is home to the state of Michigan’s longest continuous-running Montessori program.

“The child is capable of developing and giving us tangible proof of the possibility of a better humanity. He or she has shown us the true process of construction of the human being. We have seen children totally change as they acquire a love for things and as their sense of order, discipline, and self-control develops within them…. The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” (From Maria Montessori’s “Education and Peace,” first published in 1949)

“Thus it happens that at the age of three, life seems to begin again; for now consciousness shines forth in all its fullness and glory. Between these two periods, the unconscious period and the one that follows it of conscious development, there seems to be a well-marked boundary.” (From Maria Montessori’s “The Absorbent Mind,” first published in 1949)

“The little child’s first movements were instinctive. Now, he or she acts consciously and voluntarily, and with this comes an awakening of his spirit…. Conscious will is a power that develops with use and activity. We must aim at cultivating the will…. Its development is a slow process that evolves through a continuous activity in relationship with the environment.” (From “The Absorbent Mind”)

“The child has to acquire physical independence by being self-sufficient; he must become of independent will be using in freedom his own power of choice; he must become capable of independent thought by working alone without interruption. The child’s development follows a path of successive stages of independence.” (From “The Absorbent Mind”)

“So, from the age of three till six, being able to now tackle their environment deliberately and consciously, they begin a period of real constructiveness.” (From “The Absorbent Mind”)

Learn more about the Academy’s Early School Montessori program here.


About The Grosse Pointe Academy
The Grosse Pointe Academy is an independent, coeducational day school serving children age 2 1/2 through Grade 8. We foster an inclusive environment that respects all cultures and religious beliefs. We seek to remain faithful to our heritage as a former Academy of the Sacred Heart and to those who through their Catholic faith and perseverance sought to preserve and enhance the legacy of this past for generations. Incorporated as a non-profit institution, The Grosse Pointe Academy is directed by a Board of Trustees working together to serve the Southeastern Michigan community.