Montessori believed that the 0-6 year old child has a mind uniquely designed to absorb the whole environment and what it contains, like a camera and a sponge, efficiently and quickly.
“The child has a mind able to absorb knowledge. He has power to teach himself.” – The Absorbent Mind, p.5.
“…The Absorbent Mind of the child! This mind receives all, does not judge, does not refuse, does not react. It absorbs everything and incarnates it in the coming man.” – The Absorbent Mind, p.266.