"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. For that is the time when one's intelligence itself, our greatest implement, is being formed……. At no other age has the child a greater need of intelligent help…….. Any obstacle that impedes his or her creative work will lessen the chance he or she has of achieving perfection"--Maria Montessori in The Absorbent Mind