I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get this post up. Frankly. so much happened during this time frame that I’ve had a hard time organizing this post. I’ll just go ahead and try.
He continued to use the ring on a ribbon which was introduced in month 3. It sometimes hung over his hands and other times over his legs.
We also introduced the ring on a ribbon. He really enjoyed this mobile and it led to long periods of concentration.
Stylized wooden mobile
Time on the Floor
One of the things that stood out to me as I looked at pictures from this time period is how much time he spent on the floor. His room was designed with movement in mind so it was uncluttered and there was a large rug which served as his movement mat. It was between his bed and shelf and both enticed him to move.
He spent time on both his tummy and his back and had different materials to explore. Some of the favorites were
Rattles and grasping materials
I tried to leave his knees and feet exposed most of the time. They are both required for slithering and the wrong clothes can make it hard for the child the move.
We started using the floor bed consistently for naps.
He started turning from belly to back during this time. I wrote a post on my observations about this here
Towards the end of this period we noticed a strong interest in his feet.
Note that putting the child in sitting position when he is not ready is not encouraged in Montessori. From observation, we saw that he wanted to be in this position sometimes.
Other Sensorial Experiences
Apart from mobiles, other safe natural materials that provide interesting visual stimulation can be added to the child’s environment. This can include safe plants, flowers, pictures, chimes etc.
We should also sing to the child, play instruments and expose him to music. This helps with language development and is a source of great enjoyment for the child.
We also started taking him swimming the day he turned 3 months old.
Remember children were swimming in the womb. They still remember during the early months. Unfortunately, many children are not given the chance to use their swimming skills and soon forget. While this is not necessarily Montessori, I think it is similar to the sensitive period in the sense that there is a window that is best to introduce children to swimming and if missed, it can become a harder process.
I hope that wasn’t too overwhelming. I am trying to put the information for each month in one place, but perhaps it would be better to break them down into smaller posts. What do you think? I would love to hear your opinions and questions if you have any.