The Ten Secrets of Montessori - #3 The Absorbent Mind
Maria Montessori separated the absorbent mind stage into two sub-stages: the unconscious and conscious stage. From birth to age three, the child absorbs information unconsciously or unknowingly. He (or she) learns to sit, stand, walk, use their hands, and speak, etc., without conscious effort. The child is developing his basic “faculties” or functions through mimicry.