Education Begins at Birth

Shockingly diverse kindergarten group in Paris

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One thing that Maria stressed was the need to better understand children’s capabilities.

Sensitive Periods

birth – 3 years        Absorbent Mind
Sensory Experiences

1 1/2 – 3 years        Language Development

1 1/2 – 4 years        Coordination and Muscle Development
Interest in Small Objects

2 – 4 years                Refinement of movement
Concern with truth and reality
Aware of order sequence in time and space

2 1/2 – 6 years         Sensory refinement

3 – 6 years                Susceptibilty to adult influence

3 1/2 – 4 1/2 years  Writing

4 – 4 1/2 years         Tactile sense

4 1/2 – 5 1/2 years  Reading

I would love to hear where your child is and some ideas of how you’re making the best of where your child is right now.

Looking over this list and thinking about where Carter is now and the periods we’ve come through, I definitely saw his language development BOOM from 1 1/2 to 3.  At the one year point I wasn’t sure he’d ever say “mama”.  I constantly prompted him “Say mama, say mama.” and he would just smile.  Around 15 months I couldn’t imagine why he didn’t have something to say.  After all, from the first night he came home, he was read to constantly.  I flipped out whenever anyone would attempt to sit him in front of a tv.  I talked to him ALL the time and still there were no words.

Around 18 months, the light bulbs coming on in his language development were evident every day.  It was as if he has stored up every word he had heard in those 18 months and he began to let them flow to the tune of 10-20 new words each day.  I started trying to keep a list, but I lost track.

Today, he’s 3 years 2 months.  We have hilarious and interesting conversations.  Though there are days when the word “Mommy” loses all meaning from the sheer number of times it’s uttered, there’s nothing I love more than communicating with my son.

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One thought on “Education Begins at Birth

  1. Whitney says:

    Great blog, Mandi!
    I love the Montessori approach as well. I feel that the year I spent in a Montessori kindergarten class definitely shaped me and my future learning experiences.
    My kids?
    Rachel is almost 4.5. She is currently learning sound blends. She recognizes some sight words when we read books.
    Eli is a little over 3. He is a little sponge! He has memorized the pledge of allegiance with Rachel, and asks questions about everything… his way of reassuring himself that he does understand concepts. We are working on a lot of fine motor skill development by coloring, playing with assorted beans, etc…
    Brady? Sweet little 8 month old. He is learning by trying to EAT everything. 🙂

    With all we do a lot of self-exploration. Nature walks, questioning, new experiences… it’s such a fun time.:)

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