Catherine L’Ecuyer

Researcher, writer, speaker & bestselling author of The Wonder Approach


“When we are very young children we do not need fairy tales; we only need tales. Mere life is interesting enough. A child of seven is excited by being told that Tommy opened a door and saw a dragon. But a child of three is excited by being told that Tommy opened a door.” G.K. Chesterton

“We parents shouldn’t worry, trying to make things magical and exciting for our children; childhood is, by itself, magical, because children regard everything as miracle. When the rabbit comes out of the hat, it is not the trick that excites them, but the fact that the rabbit exists. That’s wonder.” Catherine L’Ecuyer

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An Ode to Imperfect Parenting

By Catherine L’Ecuyer, published in El País on February 14, 2017 Children are not showpieces, pre-designed to satisfy the sweet dreams of an idyllic parenthood When we discuss different parenting styles, we tend to polarize the issue, falling back on various stereotypes, like the cruel “tiger mom,” the “indulgent” or obsessive “helicopter” parent, or the … Continue reading An Ode to Imperfect Parenting

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Catherine L’Ecuyer is Canadian, now living in Barcelona with her four children. She holds a law degree, has an MBA, an Official European Master of Research and a Doctorate in Education and Psychology. The Swiss journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience published her article “The Wonder Approach to Learning,” which converted her thesis into a new hypothesis/theory of learning. She received the 2015 Pajarita Award from the Spanish Association of Toy Manufacturers for “promoting a culture of play in the media,” was invited to speak to the Education Commission of the Congress of Deputies of Spain and to the Second Summit on Education organized by the European Commission. She has served as a consultant to the Spanish government regarding the use of digital technology by minors, to the governments of Mexico and of the state of Puebla in Mexico concerning preschool reform and has participated in a report for the Cerlac (Unesco) on the use of digital media in childhood. She has recently been named Honorary Member of the Spanish branch of the Association Montessori Internationale.

Author of many publications, she is the bestseller author of The Wonder Approach and It Looks Better in 3D published in eight languages and available in more than 40 countries (over 150K books printed for both). Her areas of interest and research are: The Montessori Education, the importance of wonder and beauty in education, evidence-based education, the attachment theory, education theory, etc. She currently collaborates with the Mind-Brain Group of the University of Navarra and is a columnist for El País, El Mundo in Spanish and The Huffington Post in France.


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Speeches 2020

february 2020

  • February 3rd. Valencia. Universidad Europea de Valencia
  • February 4th. Valencia. Colegio Internacional de Levante
  • February 14th. Jeréz. Colegio SM
  • February 20th. Barcelona. FaPac

may & JUNE 2020

Speeches cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

September 2020

  • September 12th: Bogota, Colombia.
  • September 16th: Arequipa, Perú. SIEI SM
  • September 18th: Lima, Perú. SIEI SM.
  • September 26th: Puerto Rico.

october 2020

  • October 3rd. Madrid. Opening speech at the International Montessori Congress organized by AME
  • October 16th. Italy. Colegio Spañolo.

november 2020

  • November 7th: Ciudad Real. 
  • November 7th: Malaga.

This list will be continually updated. All the details will be available two weeks ahead through Facebook.

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