happy birthday, maria!

Google celebrated the 142nd anniversary of Maria Montessori’s birthday
with this creative Google Doodle.
Montessori (August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) was an Italian physician and educator,
a noted humanitarian and devout Catholic
best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name.
Her educational method is used in public, private
and home schools throughout the world.

i remember crying from awe while reading The Absorbent Mind.
i remember a huge surge of emotion when I visited my first Montessori classroom,
thinking EVERY child should have the opportunity to learn using all of their senses,
with freedom of choice combined with responsibility, with joy!

share her story with your favorite child:
Mammolina: A Story About Maria Montessori, by Barbara O’Connor

and share her gift to the world with an adult friend
who may be just beginning their journey in parenthood (the first teachers)
or the teaching profession: