Dr. Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. He must do it himself or it will never be done. A truly educated individual continues learning long after the hours and years he spends in classroom because he is motivated from within by natural curiosity and love for knowledge. Dr. Montessori felt therefore, that the gaol of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies, but rather to cultivate his own natural desire to learn.
In the Montessori classroom this objective is approached in two ways. First, by allowing each child to experience the excitement of leaning by his own choice rather than by being forced and Second, by helping him to perfect all his natural tools for learning so that his ability will be maximum in future learning situations. The Montessori materials have this dual long-range purpose in addition to their immediate purpose of giving specific information to the child.