167 Powerful for Inspiration Early Childhood Quotes

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Best Inspiration Early Childhood Quotes

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Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. Charles R. Swindoll
If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow. Alfie Kohn
The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. Peggy O’Mara
The more risks you allow your children to make, the better they learn to look after themselves. Roald Dahl
The first five years have so much to do with how the next eighty turn out. Bill Gates Sr.
Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, they make this world a beautiful garden.
Children are not things to be molded but are people to be unfolded. Jess Lair
Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future. John F. Kennedy
Play is the highest form of research. Albert Einstein
The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation. Ray L. Wilbur
The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. Denis Waitley
Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play, children learn how to learn. O. Fred Donaldson
Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. Pablo Picasso
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. Emilie Buchwald
The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good. Brian Tracy
Children are like sponges. They absorb all the violence and all the beauty in the world. Alejandro González Iñárritu
There is no garden as beautiful as childhood.
Children are not only innocent and curious but also optimistic and joyful and essentially happy. Richard Louv Inspiration Early Childhood Quotes
Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats
Children make your life important. Erma Bombeck
Every child begins the world anew, bringing with them the potential to change it.
A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.
The soul is healed by being with children. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Children are like seeds, and the world is their garden. Nurture them with love and watch them grow.
Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. Neil Postman
Childhood is a short season. Helen Hayes
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. Billy Graham
Children are like mirrors, reflecting back to us the world we create for them. Pam Leo
The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. Peggy O’Mara
A child’s mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled. Dorothea Brande
Children are not distractions from more important work. They are the most important work. C.S. Lewis
The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him. Pablo Casals
Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. Jawaharlal Nehru
Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. Henry Ward Beecher
Children need models rather than critics. Joseph Joubert
Children are like tiny flowers; they are varied and need care, but each is beautiful alone and glorious when seen in the community of peers. Friedrich Froebel
Children are like snowflakes; each one is unique and special.
Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present, which very few of us do. Jean de la Bruyere
When we deny children play, we are denying them the right to understand the world. Erika & Nicholas Christakis
There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. Kofi Annan
As with everything else about children’s behavior, there’s nothing like a good role model. If you value play, your child will, too. Madeline Levine
Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be. Rita Pierson

Inspiring Quotes on Childhood Education

Do not train children to learn by force and harshness but direct them to it by what amuses their minds Inspiration Early Childhood QuotesPin

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
Movement isn’t a break from learning; movement is learning, and the opportunities for thoughtful exploration in the classroom are endless. Aleta Margolis
The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. John Lubbock
The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn. Maria Montessori
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. Carl Jung
We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way. John Holt
When you teach a child something, you take away forever the chance for him to discover it himself. John Piaget
The trouble with over-structuring is that it discourages exploration. Jay Giedd Inspiration Early Childhood Quotes
Are we forming children who are only capable of learning what is known, or should we try to develop creative and innovative minds? Jean Piaget
Explain to me again: how come we treat reading and mathematics as more important than learning to get along with one another? Pennie Brownlee
If the child is not learning the way you are teaching, then you must teach in the way the child learns Rita Dunn
Children have real understanding only of that which they invent themselves. Jean Piaget
Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are. Jim Henson
The people who are horrified by the idea of children learning what they want to learn when they want to learn it have not accepted the very elementary psychological fact that people (all people, of every age) remember the things that are important to them – the things they need to know – and forget the rest. Daniel Quinn
Certainly, young children can begin to practice making letters and numbers and solving problems, but this should be done without workbooks. Young children need to learn initiative, autonomy, industry, and competence before they learn that answers can be right or wrong. David Elkind
Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn. O. Fred Donaldson
What is essential is to realize that children learn independently, not in bunches; that they learn out of interest and curiosity, not to please or appease the adults in power; and that they ought to be in control of their own learning, deciding for themselves what they want to learn and how they want to learn it. John Holt
It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them. Leo Buscaglia
By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man; body, mind and spirit. Mahatma Gandhi
So you pull me from my play, my all consuming play to learn math with brightly coloured bits of plastic. Whilst I sit there learning with you, all I can think about is getting back to my play… my all consuming play where I was measuring, using shapes, making patterns, counting, solving problems and THINKING – until I got pulled away to come and learn math with you. Elaine Bennett
Since the jobs that our preschoolers will do probably don’t exist yet, our priority is to teach them the skills to adapt and inquire and question and cooperate…life skills. So much more useful than rigid concepts such as the alphabet. Caroline Bellouse
The best teacher of children, in brief, is one who is essentially childlike. H. L. Mencken
Your image of the child is where teaching begins. Loris Malaguzzi
This then is the first duty of an educator: to stir up life but leave it free to develop. Maria Montessori
You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. Clay P. Bedford
We have forgotten that children are designed by nature to learn through self-directed play and exploration, and so, more and more, we deprive them of freedom to learn. Peter O. Gray
Children understand and remember concepts best when they learn from direct personal experience. Joseph Cornell
It is vital that when educating our children’s brains we do not neglect to educate their hearts. Dalai Lama

Inspiring Quotes on Childhood Development

Perhaps if tearful little boys were comforted instead of shamed there wouldn’t be so many angry men struggling to express and empathize with emotions. Inspiration Early Childhood QuotesPin

Perhaps if tearful little boys were comforted instead of shamed there wouldn’t be so many angry men struggling to express and empathize with emotions. Lelia Scholl
Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul. Friedrich Froebel
With children, it is the joint moments of delight that build the social brain. Mariah Moser Inspiration Early Childhood Quotes
Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director and the actor in his own play. Magda Gerber
Children come into the world exquisitely designed, and strongly motivated, to educate themselves. They don’t need to be forced to learn; in fact, coercion undermines their natural desire to learn. Peter Gray
Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. It is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace that is right for each individual child. Earlier is not better. Magda Gerber
Children’s emotions are as real as yours. Just because they might get sad over the color of their cup, does not make their feelings any less real. Rebekah Lipp
Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. Robert Fulghum
Close observation of children at play suggests that they find out about the world in the same way as scientists find out about new phenonoma and test new ideas…during this exploration, all the senses are used to observe and draw conclusions about objects and events through simple, if crude, scientific investigations. Judith Roden
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. Stacia Tauscher
Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning. Diane Ackerman
Children always learn, but not necessarily what you want them to learn. Dr.Lillian Katz
Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements. Maria Montessori
I shouldn’t have to defend play for children any more than I should have to defend their eating, sleeping, and breathing. Rae Pica
The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. Maria Montessori
Too close supervision stifles the mental growth of children. Abhijit Naskar
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed. Maria Montessori
Ask any child development expert, and they will tell you that children do not develop in a straight line. There are no average children. There are no standard children. Cassi Clausen
The activities that are the easiest, cheapest, and most fun to do – such as singing, playing games, reading, storytelling, and just talking and listening – are also the best for child development. Jerome Singer
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
The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery. Erik H. Erikson
Trust children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted. John Holt

Unleashing Potential: Inspirational Quotes for Early Childhood

When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero. Fred Rogers
The function of a child is to live his/her own life, not the life that his/her anxious parents think he/she should live, nor a life according to the purpose of the educators who think they know best.  A.S. Neill
Children grow up hearing how broken the environment is, how broken beyond repair. Plant strawberries together, make wild medicines, paint the sunrise. Show them proof that for every act of destruction, they can sow a seed, however small, of beauty. Nicolette Sowder
Kids bullied into obeying parents and teachers may resist – not because they’re ‘hard to handle’ but because they’ve been treated as a thing to be handled. Alfie Kohn
Children remind us to treasure the smallest of gifts, even in the most difficult of times. Allen Klein
Children learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions. Alfie Kohn
If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Those things you learn without joy you will forget easily. Finnish saying
What we are teaches the child far more than what we say, so we must be what we want our children to become. Joseph Chilton Pearce
Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree. Marian Wright Edelman
Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.
Children don’t know how to ask for what they don’t know they need. Their asking comes in the form of behavior. Bonnie Harris
Be patient with kids, they are just beginners.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults. Frederick Douglas
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. Angela Schwindt
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. Alvin Toffler
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Picasso
A child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him. Pablo Casals
Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning. Fred Rogers Inspiration Early Childhood Quotes
Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls. Erin Kenny
The best way to preserve a child’s vision is to let them see things their way rather than yours. Jacob Liberman
It is not attention that the child is seeking, but love. Sigmund Freud
Strong-willed children become adults who change the world as long as we can hang on for the ride and resist the temptation to ‘tame’ the spirit out of them. Sarah Stogryn
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. Maya Angelou
Discipline is helping a child solve a problem. Punishment is making a child suffer for having a problem. To raise problem solvers, focus on solutions, not retribution. L.R. Knost

Planting Seeds of Inspiration: Early Childhood Quotes

It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless. L.R. Knost
You don’t remember the times your dad held your handle bars. You remember the day he let go. Lenore Skenazy
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Albert Einstein
The events of childhood do not pass but repeat themselves like seasons of the year. Eleanor Farjeon
All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants J.W. Gardner
To take children seriously is to value them for who they are right now rather than adults-in-the-making. Alfie Kohn
If a child lives with approval, he learns to live with himself. Dorothy Nolte
A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it. Frank A. Clark Inspiration Early Childhood Quotes
We keep thinking as adults that we need to control the way they do things. I wish we’d get out of that. They know how to play, they know how to structure their own play – they need that time to grow responsibly. Debbie Rhea
Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me, and be my friend. Albert Camus
Children first realize they can make a difference when parents listen, then respond with sensitivity. Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer
Next time a child has a meltdown, see their smallness. See how their emotions are bigger than they are. And in that moment of truly seeing them, you will feel empathy rather than exasperation. Dr. Ashley Soderlund
Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity. Kay Redfield Jamison
Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. Rabindranath Tagore
Our children are only as brilliant as we allow them to be. Eric Micha’el Leventhal
We are raised in a culture that values expertise over exploration. Nina Wise
Kids deserve the right to think that they can change the world. Lois Lowry
Children don’t need much advice but they really do need to be listened to and not just with half an ear. Emma Thompson
When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments – tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become. Louis Pasteur
Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world. Maria Montessori
Do not educate your child to be rich. Educate him to be happy, so that when he grows up he knows the value of things not the price.
Either we spend time meeting children’s emotional needs by filling their cup with love, or we spend time dealing with behaviors caused from their unmet needs. Either way, we spend the time. Pam Leo
Deep meaning lies often in childish play. Johann Friedrich von Schiller
Grown men can learn from very little children, for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show them many things that older people miss. Black Elk
When our little people are overwhelmed by big emotions it is our job to share our calm, not join their chaos. L.R. Knost

The Power of Early Years: Quotes to Ignite Inspiration

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When you are born into a world where you don’t fit in, it’s because you were born to help create a new one.
A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires. Paulo Coelho
A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow. Charles Brower
How one handles success or failure is determined by their childhood. Harold Ramis Inspiration Early Childhood Quotes
Encouraging a child means that one or more of the following critical life messages are coming through, either by word or by action: I believe in you, I trust you, I know you can handle this, you are listened to, you are cared for, you are very important to me. Barbara Coloroso
Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold. Joseph Chilton Pearce
Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature. Tom Robbins
To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.
If we love our children and want them to thrive, we must allow them more time and opportunity to play, not less. Yet policymakers and powerful philanthropists are continuing to push us in the opposite direction — toward more schooling, more testing, more adult direction of children, and less opportunity for free play. Dr. Peter Gray
We are built to play and built through play. When we play, we are engaged in the purest expression of our humanity, the truest expression of our individuality. Stuart Brown
We see how early childhood experiences are so important to lifelong outcomes, how the early environment literally becomes embedded in the brain and changes its architecture. Andrew S. Garner
A ‘naughty child’ doesn’t exist—a child who acts out is simply a child with unmet needs. Birgitte Coste
A child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him. Casals
The ultimate gift we can give the world is to grow our tiny humans into adult humans who are independent thinkers, compassionate doers, conscious questioners, radical innovators, and passionate peacemakers. L.R. Knost
Every day, in a 100 small ways, our children ask, ‘Do you hear me? Do you see me? Do I matter?’ Their behavior often reflects our response. L.R. Knost
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein
Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is. Yoda
Teach children what to think and you limit them to your ideas. Teach children how to think and their ideas are unlimited. Sandra Parks
What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. Mother Teresa
Parenthood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you’d have. It’s about understanding your child is exactly the person they are supposed to be. And, if you’re lucky, they might be the teacher who turns you into the person you’re supposed to be.
Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression. Hiam Ginnot
In this modern world where activity is stressed to the point of mania, quietness as a childhood need is too often overlooked. Margaret Wise Brown
It is in playing, and only in playing, that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self. D.W. Winnicott
When we give children advice or instant solutions, we deprive them of the experience that comes from wrestling with their own problems. Adele Faber
The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences. Maria Montessori

Early Childhood: Key Takeaways

Early childhood, often considered the most crucial phase of human development, encompasses the precious years from birth to around the age of eight. This period is marked by rapid growth, immense learning, and the formation of the foundation upon which a child’s future is built.

During early childhood, children undergo remarkable physical, cognitive, social, and emotional transformations. It is a time of exploration and discovery, as they navigate the world with wide-eyed wonder and insatiable curiosity. Every experience, from the simplest to the most complex, shapes their understanding of themselves and their place in the world.

Physically, early childhood is characterized by tremendous growth and motor skill development. From the first tentative steps to the mastery of running, jumping, and fine motor skills like drawing and writing, children’s bodies are in constant motion. Their senses come alive, absorbing the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and textures that surround them, contributing to their cognitive development.

Cognitively, early childhood is a period of immense brain development and learning. Children’s brains are like sponges, effortlessly soaking up knowledge and making sense of the world around them. They rapidly acquire language skills, develop problem-solving abilities, and begin to understand basic concepts of math, science, and the arts. Early childhood is a critical window for establishing a strong foundation of literacy, numeracy, and cognitive skills that will shape their academic journey.

Socially and emotionally, early childhood is a time of significant socialization and self-discovery. Children begin to form relationships with their peers, siblings, parents, and caregivers, learning about empathy, sharing, and cooperation. They explore emotions, gradually developing emotional regulation and self-awareness. Early childhood sets the stage for healthy social interactions, emotional intelligence, and the development of important life skills such as resilience, empathy, and communication.

Moreover, early childhood is a time when children’s imagination and creativity flourish. They engage in imaginative play, constructing imaginary worlds, and role-playing. This imaginative play fosters cognitive, emotional, and social development, allowing children to explore various perspectives, problem-solving scenarios, and emotional experiences.

The significance of early childhood cannot be overstated. The experiences and environments children encounter during this phase have a profound and lasting impact on their future development, well-being, and success in life. It is a critical time for providing a nurturing and stimulating environment that supports their growth, providing opportunities for play, exploration, and meaningful interactions.

In conclusion, early childhood is a magical and formative phase of life, laying the groundwork for a child’s future. It is a time of rapid physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development, where the seeds of curiosity, imagination, and learning are sown. Early childhood deserves our utmost care, attention, and investment to ensure that every child has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.

 

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