"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education."  Luther Burbank

"If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder … so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years.”  Rachel Carson

 The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn. ~ Maria Montessori

" This then is the first duty of an educator: to stir up life but leave it free to develop." Maria Montessori

"curiosity must be kept alive." Eleanor Roosevelt

"If a child lives with approval, he learns to live with himself." Dorothy Law Nolte

"What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child." George Bernard Shaw

"Children are born passionately eager to make as much sense as they can of things around them. If we attempt to control, manipulate, or divert this process...the independent scientist in the child disappears." John Holt

"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like to be taught." Winston Churchill

"Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way." George Evans

"If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses." Goethe

" Do not train children to learn by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each." Plato

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Pablo Picasso

"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed." Maria Montessori

"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world."  Maria Montessori

"It is, in fact, nothing short a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom." Albert Einstein

"Childhood has it's own way of seeing, thinking, and feeling, and nothing is more foolish than to try to substitute ours for theirs." Jean Jacques Rousseau

"Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read."
Marilyn Jager Adams

"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think."  Socrates

“Every time we teach a child something, we keep him from inventing it himself. On the other hand, that which we allow him to discover for himself will remain with him visible for the rest of his life.”  Piaget

"children require long, uniterrupted periods of play and exploration"  Piaget

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."  Frederick Douglass

"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million"  Walt Streightiff.

"Modern education is premised strongly on materialistic values.
It is vital that when educating our children’s brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts, a key element of which has to be the nurturing of our compassionate nature."  
Dalai Lama

"It is a happy talent to know how to play." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Almost all creativity involves purposeful play." Abraham Maslow

"Play fosters belonging and encourages cooperation."  Stuart Brown, MD

"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play."
Heraclitus (535–475 BC)
Greek philosopher

"Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn."
O. Fred Donaldson

“To reach real peace in the world, we will have to begin with the children.”

“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.” John Dewey

"A child loves his play, not because it's easy, but because it's hard." Benjamin Spock

"Children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today. They are entitled to be taken seriously. They have a right to be treated by adults with tenderness and respect, as equals. They should be allowed to grow into whoever they were meant to be - The unknown person inside each of them is the hope for the future."  Janusz Korczak

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