When you read Montessori ideas about sensitive periods from birth to age 6, you’ll find two sensitive periods that include babies. Those, of course, are the sensitive periods for movement and language.
I want to share some helpful videos from Educational Video Publishing that will show the importance of those sensitive periods for infants and toddlers. You’ll also find lots of helpful ideas for both parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers.
Infant-Toddler Montessori Videos from Educational Video Publishing
The Sensitive Period for Movement for Infants and Toddlers
“Virginia Varga describes the sensitive period for movement for infants and toddlers and its importance to their physical and intellectual growth.”
The Sensitive Period for Language
“Virginia Varga describes the sensitive period for language that all infants and toddlers possess.”
Preparation for Life: Montessori Infant-Toddler Communities
Through Educational Video Publishing, The American Montessori Society (AMS) has a very helpful video on infant-toddler Montessori called “Preparation for Life: Montessori Infant-Toddler Communities.” It shows three infant-toddler Montessori programs and is helpful not only if you’re looking for an infant-toddler program, but also if you’re looking for ways to use Montessori principles with your infant or toddler at home.
There are a number of Montessori principles shown in action in the video:
- Safe environment where infants and toddlers are free to explore
- Beds (mats) on the floor that are accessible without adult assistance
- Low shelves and child-sized furniture
- Variety of surfaces for the child
- Activities to encourage order, concentration, coordination, and independence
- Consistency of adults
- Child is seen as competent rather than helpless
- Respect for the child’s need for independence
My favorite quote from the narrator is the following:
“At the core of every decision is a respect for the child’s ability and desire to achieve independence.”
What do you find most helpful in the video(s)?
More Infant-Toddler Montessori Resources
You’ll find lots of Montessori infant-toddler (as well as Montessori preschooler) videos at our Living Montessori Now YouTube channel!
I have lots of posts specifically about babies in my Montessori baby category.
I have lots of posts specifically about toddlers in my Montessori toddler category.
I have lots of posts about both babies and toddlers in my Montessori infants and toddlers category.
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