"What we need is a world full of miracles, like the miracle of seeing the young child seeking work and independence, and manifesting a wealth of enthusiasm and love."
~ Dr. Maria Montessori
Education and Peace.
Primary Program (ages 2½ – 6) Maria Montessori used the term "absorbent mind" to characterize the miraculous learning that occurs during the primary years. Never again will the human mind so effortlessly take in what surrounds it. The environment in the classroom is arranged to captivate the child's interest during the "sensitive periods" for touch, order, movement, language, and math. The work is predominately individual and self-correcting, inviting repetition. Three focal points are care of self, care of environment, and care of others.
Strong concentration and will are developed when a child's efforts are guided by informed choices and true interest. The children enjoy freedom within well-defined limits. In short, the primary curriculum is designed to respond to the universal cry of the young child: "Help me to help myself."