The “absorbent mind” is blossoming at this stage of development. Until the age of three, children learn by what Dr. Montessori referred to as an “unconscious mind.” The young students develop effortlessly and without conscious awareness. Each one is driven by an intense desire to “do it myself”. To facilitate this, the classroom is arranged so that the students can function as independently as possible. They are at the peak of their sensitivity to order and language acquisition. Socialization with peers develops primarily through parallel play and transitions into interactive play as they age.