The Absorbent Mind.... I recall sitting in my Montessori Philosophy class many years ago and my professor Carol Woods (who I look to as a mentor now) explained the concept of the absorbent mind. It sounded so mystical and I had a hard time imagining anything other than the image of a sponge in my mind.
Once I was in the classroom and working with children, I understood what Dr. Maria Montessori meant when she wrote and lectured about the absorbent mind. The child takes in everything in their environment. Every detail. That is why Montessori classrooms are so precise and orderly, and if you know a Montessori teacher, we are so protective of the physical space that the children engage in. Every aspect, down to the smallest detail doesn't go unnoticed by the child, and often times they are not aware of this observational skill. But here is the thing about the absorbent mind, it isn't just the physical "stuff"- it is also everything that children are exposed to. The music, the words that they hear, the food they eat. Everything.
Now let's think about how this concept of the absorbent mind translates to your child at home. Think about their bedroom and their playspace. Think about the experiences that you provide for your child (classes, time in nature, the people that are in your life and your child's life). That is a lot to think about! I would love to talk with you about the absorbent mind- send me a message and we can talk! Now that I am a mom, I have a whole new understanding about the depth of this concept, and a whole new level of responsibility.
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.