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"Educating Your Children Through Authentic Montessori Education"

The Absorbent Mind

FullSizeRender_1From birth to the first six years of life, the child has a mind, which enables it to literally absorb the environment around them, seemingly without any effort. The information and impressions absorbed by the child create the person they will become. They also pass through sensitive periods, which are periods of internal growth, which a child must pass through in order for them to reach their full developmental potential. From birth to three years of age, children unconsciously absorb information from their environment. From three years to six years of age, children actively participate or consciously absorb information from their environment. Education cannot be forced upon a child during this time; the child ideally educates himself from the impressions received from his environment. This period is referred to as the Absorbent Mind.