Sensitive periods are blocks of time when a child is almost exclusively absorbed with one characteristic of the environment when a sensitive period is at its height, your child might appear to be obsessed with an activity, repeating it over and over. The sensitive periods are like a shining light, they draw the child to certain activities, which signal the arrival of the sensitive period dr montessori realised that the child is forming his whole self, both mentally, spiritually and physically, through his absorbent mind, and using things within his environment to do so. Sensitive periods have four basic characteristics: 2 11))1) they provide the motivation for a specific aspect o they provide the mo tivation for a specific aspect of human developmentf human development. The sensorial materials and curriculum create a method of learning through the senses and an introduction to the montessori mathematics curriculum children enjoy exploring sensorial exercises especially around the age of 3 and 4.
A child can have smaller sensitive periods also, for example a child can have a sensitive period for pouring throughout this period you may find that a child will repeat this actions for long periods of time on a daily basis. Sensitive periods overlap so a child may be in several stages at once from birth to about age 5 is the sensitive period for sensory perception as a child's equipment is new the senses are sharper and children explore richly and deeply. Sensitive periods make all the difference in learning a sensitive period is a time of a spontaneous, often intense or irresistible, impulse toward or interest in certain objects and activities during a sensitive period the ability to acquire new skills (in that particular area) is at a peak.
Montessori music is a beautiful sensorial exploration by means of sensorial materials and instruments in the background of our montessori classrooms you may often hear classical music we believe that it helps the children become more sensitive to the beauty of music. Sensitive period for refinement of the senses is characterized with the child’s fascination with sensorial experiences (taste, smell, sounds, weight and touch) results in the child learning to observe and make increasingly refined sensorial discrimination. It has sensorial materials that teach him precision and discrimination in delicate differences in the environment it has material for acquisition of culture in areas of reading, writing, arithmetic, history, geography, art, handwork, etc. As with practical life and sensorial, montessori language materials have been developed to follow a child’s natural progress (sensitive periods) place the language materials on your shelves in an order and progression, from sand paper letters to the green phonogram materials including grammar, that will attract all the children in your class. A sensitive period is a [child’s] burning fire of interest in something, during the period of time that a child acquires a new specific skill ~mary ellen maunz ten secrets of montessori maria montessori uncovered secrets–ten to be exact.
The teacher’s knowledge and understanding of the sensitive periods for language learning is essential to the function of the prepared environment she will understand that a child experiences a sensitive period for writing around the ages of 35 to 45. The absorbent mind and sensitive periods dr maria montessori dedicated her life to the research of the child, child’s behavior, child’s education, its mental and physical development and of many other aspects of child’s life in great depth. The psychical plan takes the form of the sensitive periods montessori identified eleven different sensitive periods occurring from birth through the age of six: order, movement, small objects, grace and courtesy, refinement of the senses, writing, reading, language, spatial relationships, music, and mathematics. Furthermore,dr maria montessori discovered six sensitive periods in a child’s life she described the sensitive periods as the blocks of time in a child’s life when he is absorbed with one characteristic of his environment to the exclusion of all others. The sensitive period is characterized by the child’s fascination with sensorial experiences (taste, smell, sounds, weight, and touch) these experiences provide children with a system to classify objects within their environment.
Montessori 3-period lessons are used throughout the montessori environment to help introduce a new concept and lead the children along a path to understanding and masteryin the area of language they are used to increase, enrich and broaden a child's vocabulary. Material on the shelf in my early childhood room, i wondered how sensorial extensions, particularly with the five and six renton, alice m the absorbent mind and the sensitive periods montessori education center of the rockies lecture boulder, 23 june, 1998. Sensitive periods in childhood development montessori theory talks a lot about sensitive periods in childhood development and how the child is guided by inner forces that shape their developmental needschildren pass through sensitive periods for language, movement, order, writing, reading, etc. Sometimes a child in this critical or sensitive period for language will want a book read over and over again at other times he will just want to hear about the pictures and talk a child also loves to be shown how to turn pages carefully, to pick up, hold, carry and put away a book.
How to recognise and support sensitive periods in your child’s development the phrase ‘sensitive periods’ often conjures up thoughts of moody teenagers, but it actually refers to a period of time when a child’s interests are focused on developing a particular skill or knowledge area. Sensitive periods the child in the first plane learns through unconscious absorption, concrete manipulation and sensorial exploration guided by the sensitive periods towards a certain aspect of development. Sensitive periods the sensitive periods are the best times for a child to learn a specific skill and are critical to the child’s self development the child has this inner urge to undertake the task in order to live. Defines sensitive periods or critical windows as periods where development takes place at a more rapid and effortless pace, and are periods of development where the information that is learned is less likely to be forgotten (campbell, 2000.
An education for the senses: part one maria montessori believed there is a sensitive period for developing the senses although the senses are an integral part of our lives, children during the early years, have the greatest potential to develop and refine them. Maria montessori discovered the sensitive period of language posted on february 4, 2014 by shirley coleman in discussing the importance of the sensitive period of language, it is important to outline what is meant by the sensitive periods in human development. Sensitive periods is a term used by dr montessori to describe certain periods in the child’s life when there comes special sensitivities that exist in the child in relation to elements of the environment to which the child is directed towards with an irresistible impulse.