This morning, I received 40 messages and it was quite amusing because all of them asked the same question:
"Is there a Montessori Gift List you can share especially for birthdays, baptisms, and of course CHRISTMAS (Hi Ninongs ang Ninangs!)? What items should we include in the wish list as we start integrating Montessori at home?"
I realized that copying and pasting my reply will take forever so I will just blog about it. But, before anything, let me tell you first about SENSITIVE PERIODS and why this is important in relation to what gifts you get or request for.
Dr. Montessori observed that children experience sensitive periods, or windows of opportunity, as they grow. As children develop, Montessori guides match appropriate lessons and materials to these sensitive periods when learning is most naturally absorbed and internalized. Parents are highly encouraged to be conscious of these sensitive periods and make the appropriate materials also accessible at home.
In early childhood, Montessori children learn through sensory-motor activities, working with materials that develop their cognitive powers through direct experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and movement.
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