“Till now, almost all educators have thought of movement and the muscular system as aids to respiration, or to circulation, or as a means for building up physical strength. But in our new conception the view is taken that movement has great importance in mental development itself, provided that the action which occurs is connected with the mental activity going on.” (Montessori, p. 142)
Dr. Montessori believed that we should educate not only the mind, but also the body and spirit as well. According to Dr. Montessori’s philosophy, the mind and body are connected and integral to the development of the whole child. The body helps a child discover and make sense of the world around him through hands-on exploration, while the mind gains finer control of the body through continued exploration over time.