Montessori education has changed the concept of the teacher's task being drudgery to joy, from repression to collaboration with nature to create a positive environment. The adult’s role is more of a guide than a teacher. When this guide provides a prepared environment to children, and refrains from obtrusive interference, the evidence of changing human soul into a new man is visible. This new man is now free from becoming the victim of events, and will have a clear vision to direct and shape the future of a human society.
The child is a constructor of man and society, and is gifted with such inner powers which can guide us to a more luminous future. Montessori education has revealed the small child as a lover of intellectual work and physical tasks, spontaneously chosen and carried out with profound joy. Through careful scrutiny, Dr. Montessori realized that children build their own personalities as they interact with their environment. She provided children with didactic materials and observed the manner in which they learned as they spontaneously chose and worked with the materials.
The importance of first six years
In “The Absorbent Mind” Dr. Montessori wrote, "The most important period of life is not the age of university, but the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man's intelligence itself, his greatest implement is being formed”.
Furthermore she said, “At no other age has the child greater need of intelligent help, and any obstacle that impedes his creative work will lessen the chance he has of achieving perfection”. This is the time of brain development. This is the age of fundamental importance for the formation of the individual. When the foundation is strong, the rest of the life is smooth.