Our Week’s Favorites

Touring and observing an AMI Montessori school for our family. It’s hard to believe that this time next year Eli will be in school.  We’ve toured several certified Montessori schools in our area, but we have fallen in love with the closest AMI school to our home (20 minutes drive, which is nothing in Houston … [Read more…]

Our Week’s Favorites

  Gymnastics. Eli attended his first gymnastics open gym and class this week.  He thoroughly enjoyed open gym: it was two hours of gross motor bliss.  He was definitely the youngest one there, so I loved observing him watch the older toddlers and preschoolers and attempt to try what they were doing.  At one point, he … [Read more…]

Montessori Inspired Toddler Discovery: Primary Colors

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

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…]