Sensitive period for movement – encouraging gross motor skills

“A sensitive period is a time of a spontaneous, often intense or irresistible, impulse toward or interest in certain objects and activities.  During a sensitive period the ability to acquire new skills (in that particular area) is at a peak.  Learning is spontaneous, joyful, and virtually effortless.” – Little Tree Montessori All babies between birth and two…

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Heuristic play

Heuristic play can be described as playing with, investigating, and exploring ‘objects’ (as opposed to toys which are purpose made). It involves a number of objects and receptacles that the baby can explore, touch, and handle. Through this play they make sense of these objects and find out what they can do – for example, a ball may…

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Frida’s shelves – eight and a half months

I don’t claim to be a Montessori expert (yet! One day I hope…) but we are trying to raise and educate Frida in a Montessori way. One of the things you will find in all Montessori environments is low open shelving with developmentally-appropriate materials, objects, and work which children can help themselves to. We have…

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Indigenous Australia at the British Museum… with a baby

We are currently taking a “holiday at home”, and plan to spend the next two weeks doing lovely things in and around London, making the most of the city as well as enjoying spending time as a family of three. As the weather wasn’t looking spectacular, we thought we would do something indoors, and decided to…

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