Dr.Maria Montessori used the words ABSORBENT MIND for the child after observing the nature of the child for many years.She noticed that the child possesses a type of intelligence different from ours.We might say that we acquire with our intelligence but contrary to this ,the child obsorbs with his life learns to speak the language belonging,to his race .it is like a mental chemistry that takes place in the child.
According to Dr.Maria Montessori,”We are vessels ;impressions pour in and we remember and hold them in our mind,But we remain district from our impressions,as water remians district from the glass.The absorbent mind is the sponge-like capacity to absorb from the environment what is necessary to create an individual from his or her specific culture. It is the quality of the child’s mind up to the age of about six, when there is a transition to the reasoning mind we have as adults.
The “absorbent mind” refers to the mind’s capacity to take in information and sensations from the world that surrounds it. Young children are a testament to the mind’s awesome ability to absorb. A baby is born without language, and with few skills other than their survival instinct.
The Absorbent Mind by Montessori, Maria, 1870-1952: Adyar – Madras – India : Theosophical Publishing House, 1949 – Steven Wolfe Books.