Rarely, however, can he count with certainty the fingers of one hand, and when he does succeed in doing this, there is always the difficulty of knowing why,…. The extreme exactness and correctness of a child’s mind needs clear and precise help. When numerical rods are given to children, we see that even the smallest take a lively interest in counting.
(The Discovery of the child, Maria Montessori)

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I say, development, not teaching, for the mother does not teach her child language. It develops naturally, like a spontaneous creation.” Maria Montessori