Each month Lennox’s Montessori school sends out a newsletter with a letter from the director. She talks about a different theme or Montessori theory, or even something they are focusing on. I thought it might be interesting to some who don’t know as much about Montessori, to share a topic each month, that she shares with us!
This month, she spoke of the “absorbent mind”. Maria Montessori once said,
“The things about him awaken so much interest and so much enthusiasm that they become incorporated in his very existence”.
When I think of this, it’s so very true. A child’s mind can absorb everything and everything, even without trying. As teenagers and adults we are always trying to learn new things and have to work at it, but as a child, their mind is a sponge and they remember every little details, even the ones you don’t want them too (like repeating what you say!). It always amazes me how something so little as something Lennox heard or saw, even days or weeks ago, she can recall immediately and tell you every little detail. The mind of a young child is amazing.
The directors point with all of this was to explain how seriously the schools takes this idea, and how they are always translating this into a rich environment in the classroom with new daily learning experiences, everyday life skills and interesting topics to engage the children and allow them to absorb something new. The environment Lennox is in daily is very social as well, she has formed some great friendships, and she likes to tell us all about them. For example, today she wanted to have a ponytail like Miss Shelby (one of her teachers) aka a high pony w/ a white bow — so, I did that for her and she was so happy — it was super cute too by the way She has been able to form loving relationships with all her teachers and the staff and i’m glad she feels safe and happy each day when I drop her off.
“The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.” – Maria Montessori