The “HOW”

Materials at about 4 months

Materials at about 4 months

“Children are the constructors of men whom they build, taking from the environment language, religions, customs, and the peculiarities not only of race, not only of nation, but even of a special district in which they develop.”

How do you decide on what toys/materials and activities to set up or make available to your child? Do you have a method? Here’s how I decide.

I consider three major things

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It’s not too early to give choices

“We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think to himself…” – Maria Montessori What better way to help the child think, will and act for himself than by offering choices? I offer a choice of clothes, diapers, toys (on the shelf), and books to read Read more…

Shelves and Gross Motor Development

Once my son started slithering, he would find his way out of his room and try to find us. He started spending more time in the living room and so we set up another shelf for him in the living room.
Slithering out of his room to find me

Slithering out of his room to find me

Around this time, we started the weaning process and he was also sitting comfortably. We would put him in front of the shelf and let him play. There were usually two to three items in the cubbies. A treasure basket and another one or two items. The red ball stayed on top of the shelf.

New areas created in the living room. You can see the independence in these pictures. Moved from the blanket to the shelf and when he was done he came to us. These pictures were taken over 47 minutes. Note: Once he started pulling up (same week) he never went back to the blanket and preferred to stay by his shelf so that area was removed.

New areas created in the living room. You can see the independence in these pictures. Moved from the blanket to the shelf and when he was done he came to us. These pictures were taken over 47 minutes.
Note: Once he started pulling up (same week) he never went back to the blanket and preferred to stay by his shelf so that area was removed.

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One of the best materials for gross motor development

Recently I have wondered why this item is not listed as a material to support gross motor development. It is also not on any lists of what to buy in preparation for baby. Yet, it has definitely been one of our top three most used and most important items in supporting his development of gross motor movement in the last 7 months. What am I talking about? Wait for it…

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