Every little child learns to speak his mother tongue. And no one teaches him the vocabulary or the grammar. It happens every day in every country at just about the same time. It’s a rather amazing feat! If you have tried to learn a foreign language later in your life, you know it is not so easy. Yet every little child does it effortlessly. How? Through the absorbent mind. If the child is in an environment where she hears the language, she will speak it. As the child absorbs words and their meaning along with the context and the emotions behind the words, she begins to construct the ability to communicate.
Montessori’s understanding of the power of The Absorbent Mind in the first six years of life is a great gift. It teaches us that we can prepare a rich environment for the young child and, as he simply lives in the environment, he absorbs from it and learns. The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori introduces the children to all manner of interesting activities, including language, mathematics, the sciences, music, art, and geometry.
Through the power of the absorbent mind, we can give our children a broad and deep foundation, when it is completely effortless for them to learn. Through the amazing mental chemistry of the absorbent mind, the child builds his or her identity with wide interests. The child learns through self-chosen, engaging activity and builds a solid base habit of thoughtful concentration and structured learning.
Rochelle foles on Amazon is a fan, “Dr. Montessori was so far ahead of her times! This book is ageless in it’s approach and information. It is informative, evocative and demanding in it’s pursuit to challenge long held beliefs about what children are capable of and how we as adults can further their development thru careful observation and response to the child’s needs and interests.
A Must Read for all parents interested in giving their child the best start in life and
Every Montessori teacher.”
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