What is Montessori? {Absorbent Mind}

Absorbent Mind

“From birth through approximately age 6, the young child experiences a period of intense mental activity that allows her to “absorb” learning from her environment without conscious effort, naturally and spontaneously.”

Dr. Montessori wrote a book called “The Absorbent Mind”. She believed strongly in this theory of child development and centered much of her work on it. Birth – 6 years old is subdivided into subconscious and conscious periods, and, furthermore, into sensitive periods for order, language, movement, refinement of the senses, math and manners.

Source: American Montessori Society

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Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and WhattoExpect.com.


  1. says

    My daughter was in an Early Childhood Development Center for kids with special needs and her teacher had a Montessori classroom. It was very good for Sarah. She loved going to school. I think it was helpful because of the step-by-step logical sequencing, repetitiveness, routine and stability factors. I liked it because it felt natural – using wooden materials, water, etc. for learning.
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