MONTESSORI AT HOME WITH YOUR 33-36 MONTH OLD
Montessori at home with your 33-36 month old is all about exploring new materials, activities and challenges! Your child has been building their concentration skills for awhile now and it’s time to let them shine!
Going from the Montessori grouping of 0-3 years to 3-6 years the materials and activities should be increasingly more challenging to keep your child’s interest. Depending on your child’s interests this is a great time to try some new materials that they haven’t yet seen.
As a reminder, these activities and material suggestions are just starting points. Don’t expect your child to be able to do all of these things on the first try. This is just an age-appropriate time to begin working on mastering these suggested activities.
Montessori at home with your 33-36 month old
PREPARING YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Parents often ask if it’s too late to start Montessori at this age. My answer is always the same, it’s never to late to start incorporating Montessori at home. Preparing your environment should be your first step.
Your child should be able to grasp the concept of the Montessori work cycle at this time. They should be able to take a material out, work with it, and then put it back where it belongs. Providing a distraction free space for your child to grow and learn is the easiest way to get started with this.
Some other ways to prepare your home environment is with child sized materials and practical life stations. If you haven’t yet created some practical life stations throughout your home this is the perfect time to do so. For instance a self-care station in the bathroom, wooden stool by their dressing area, or a self-serve station in the kitchen.
You can also read more about preparing your home environment by clicking here.
TOYS & MATERIALS
Montessori materials support a number of different development stages. Around the age of 3 there is a big language focus within Montessori. Science is a relatively new focus around this age and depending on your child’s interests you will really be able to start to challenge them with new materials at this stage.
Here are just a few materials your 33-36 month old may be interested in:
- Cylinder Blocks
- Pink Tower
- Brown Stairs
- Red Rods
- Geometric Solids & Bases
- Trinomial Cube
- Mystery Bag
- Botany Puzzles
- Animal Body Parts Puzzles
- Sandpaper Letters
Montessori activities are great when we follow our child’s lead. Do your best to give your child the activities that are compatible to their developmental stage, sensitive periods and interests.
Your child has a lot going on in their mind right now and what works for them one week won’t always work the next. Remember if you think your child is getting frustrated because of the difficulty level just put the activity away for a few weeks and try again later.
Here are some activities your 33-36 month old may enjoy:
- Red Rod Maze
- Jumping Rope
- Land, Air, & Water Activities
- World Puzzle Map
- Counts Using Spindle Boxes
- Botany & Animal Puzzles
- Using a Magnifying Glass
- Stereognostic Exercises
- Patterning With Pictures
- Go Together Objects & Pictures
Although your child is approaching a new stage of toddlerhood, it’s important to remember that practical life activities are still very important. Finding new challenges throughout your home and outdoors to help your child grow in this area will do wonders for their Independence and confidence. Not to mention these are skills that will stay with them throughout their childhood and into their adult life.
Start by trying one of these practical life activities for your 33-36 month old:
- Polishes Shoes
- Washes & Dries Sink
- Hangs Clothes to Dry
- Folding Napkins
- Cuts & Arranges Flowers
- Sorts & Folds Dry Laundry
- Assembles Flashlight
- Matches Nuts & Bolts
- Fills Bird Feeder
- Fills & Cleans Birdbath
Maria Montessori identifies sensitive periods in development as the child’s absorbent mind (age 0 – 6 years). Follow your child’s lead for their cues of sensitive periods beginning. Try not to underestimate your child’s ability or work. If they are doing certain work over and over, they are probably in their sensitive period for that work/task.
Here’s a list of sensitive periods your child may be experiencing at 33-36 months:
- Movement Birth-6 Years
- Refinement & Coordination of Movement 2.5 Years-6 Years
- Language Birth-6 Years
- Letter Shapes & Sounds 2.5 Years-5 Years
- Writing 3 Years-4.5 Years
- Reading 3 Years-5.5 Years
- Sensory Skills Birth-5 Years
- Small Objects 1 Year – 3.5 Years
- Refinement of Senses 2 Years – 6 Years
- Order 1 Year – 3.5 Years
- Music 2 Years- 6 Years
- Social Aspects of Life 2.5 Years-5 Years
- Manners & Courtesies 2.5 Years-6 Years
Remember that each child is unique and these sensitive periods do not ALWAYS happen between the time frames given. Some children go through them earlier and some later. Follow your child’s lead.
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Disclaimer: This isn’t the end all be all for Montessori at home with your 33-36 month old. Montessori is largely based on following your child’s lead, knowing that every child is unique, there can not be one set standard for every child. Use this information as it suits your child.