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The use of materials is based on the unique ability of young children to learn, which Dr. Montessori identified as the “absorbent mind.” In his writings frequently he compared the young mind to a sponge. Environmental information is literally absorbed. The process is particularly evident in the way in which a toddler learns his native language without formal instruction and without conscious effort and tedious adult must make to master a foreign language. Acquiring information in this way is a natural and enjoyable for the little boy who used all their senses to investigate his interesting surroundings activity.

Since the child retains this ability to learn by absorbing until it is almost seven years, Dr. Montessori thought his experience could be enriched in a classroom where he could handle materials that introduce basic educational information. More than 100 years of experience have proven his theory that a young child can learn to read, write and calculate in the same natural way to learn to walk and talk. In a Montessori classroom the equipment invites him to do so in their own interest and availability periods.

Dr. Montessori always emphasized that the hand is the chief teacher of the child. To learn there must be concentration, and the best way for a child can concentrate is by fixing his attention on a task that is carried out by hand. (The adult habit of doodling is a remnant of this practice). All equipment in a Montessori classroom allows the child to strengthen their casual impressions by inviting him to use his hands to real learning.

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