What is Learning?

“In Montessori’s view, the act of learning does not involve the acquisition of anything new.  Simply being awake to the world, the absorbent mind is constantly acquiring the substance of whatever will be learned by the young child.  The ‘learning’ itself is the act of joining or connecting these previous acquisitions in such a way that they are bound together by use or meaning, and so that they have a place in a larger system of uses or meanings.  Whatever is thereby learned then becomes, like each earlier acquisition, a piece of knowledge that can be further bound to other pieces, in some later act of learning.”   David Gettman “Basic Montessori”