All children experience an absorbent mind, and it’s highly stimulated in the first six years of their lives. An absorbent mind is the child’s ability to absorb information from the environment as well as from his or her past experiences.
Montessori Reggio Academy offers Montessori programs in Sugar Land, Texas, which aim to facilitate learning by stimulating their absorbent minds. The methods we practice to accomplish this are as follows:
- Sandpaper Letters. It integrates both sound and symbol of the alphabet through muscle and visual memory.
- Knobbed Cylinders. It supports the child’s visual discrimination, language, tactile, and pre-writing skills. These activities are deemed prominent by primary teachers.
- Long Red Rods. It helps in the development of the child’s visual perception and movement coordination.
- Land and Water Formation. This is also a primary Montessori method that explores and discusses where animals or objects can be found. For instance, they will determine whether the fish stays on the land or water.
- Button Frame. This method is more inclined toward personal development. It teaches the child to be independent and confident by being able to accomplish essential tasks like getting dressed on their own.
During 0-3 years, the child gathers information unconsciously whilst during 4-6 years, they do it consciously, which is why formal education, specifically pre-primary, should start before the age of 7. Doing so will make the child more equipped for higher education.