Montessori Inspired Toddler Discovery: Primary Colors

Montessori Inspired Toddler Discovery- Primary Colors--This Merry Montessori

Eli, now 19 months old, just recently started to color sort without any prompting or encouragement. He simply walked over to his primary color rings and rods (more on this material later) and matched the rings to their corresponding rods. Because this was clearly a new developing skill, I wanted to provide more invitations to … [Read more…]

Understanding & Supporting a Child’s Sensitive Period for Order

Understanding and Supporting a Child's Sensitive Period For Order--This Merry Montessori

What are sensitive periods?  Hugo de Vries, a Dutch scientist, was the first to discover “sensitive periods,” a term he coined, in animals.  De Vries noticed there was a time when the animal had a special sensibility which guided their instincts, “an impulse towards a determined kind of activity that can differ notably from that … [Read more…]