Last week, I talked about my son, Will’s, fascination at a young age with matching small objects to sandpaper letters according to each object’s initial sound. His intense interest led him to learn the phonetic sounds effortlessly. He even called it the “fun game.” More was at work than interest, though.
We often hear about the formative period from birth to age 6 in which mental development proceeds at its fastest rate. Maria Montessori believed that young children have special inner aids to help them in this development. She called one of those aids the “absorbent mind.”
Montessori observed that children learn in a different way from adults. During the first six years, the child is able to learn effortlessly from the environment, soaking in impressions like a sponge.
In her book The Absorbent Mind, Dr. Montessori says:
The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed.
What examples have you observed of your child’s absorbent mind?