AN EASY GUIDE TO MONTESSORI FOR YOUR 6-12 MONTH OLD
Montessori for your 6-12 month old is such an exciting time! Not only is your child having big milestones of learning to sit, crawl and walk, they’re also developing their cognitive, sensory, social, emotional, and language skills!
With so much going on in your child’s life it’s great to know what you can do to help support them! Continue reading to find out how to prepare your environment, what materials and activities to present and what practical life activities to start working on.
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Montessori for your 6-12 month old
PREPARING YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Preparing your home environment is important when practicing Montessori with your 6-12 month old. There are 4 main areas of the home environment to focus on.
The following are some items you may want to include in each area of your home:
Area for Sleep:
- Floor Bed
- Child-Sized Wardrobe
- Wooden Stool
Area for Movement:
- Ottoman (other low household items)
Area for Feeding:
- Weaning Area
- Weaning Table
- Weaning Chair
- Dining Set (weaning set)
Area for Physical Care:
- Change Table
- Stand Up Diaper Changes in Bathroom (to prepare for toilet learning)
TOYS & MATERIALS
Montessori materials at the age of 6-12 months start to become a little more complex allowing the child to concentrate longer. Providing the materials in a carefully prepared area for movement will allow your child to fill their days with the much-needed tools for development.
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Here are a few materials you should introduce to your 6-12 month old:
- Basket with Known Objects
- Cylinder with Balls/Rolling Drum
- Box with Tray & Ball, Object Permanence #1
- Box with Drawer, Object Permanence #2
- Box w/Push Balls
- Rings & Peg on Stable Base
- Rings & Peg on Rocking Base
- Basket with Ring & Peg
- Ball Tracker
Around 6 months your child will learn to sit unsupported which is usually followed by some form of crawling and then walking. To support these physical developments you will want to have a safe environment for your child to explore.
Here are some fun activities for your 6-12 month old:
- Playing with Safe Keys like Kleynimals
- Texture Exploration Basket
- Exploring Household Items
- Basket of Blocks
- Nature Basket
- Climbing Pickler’s Triangle
- Finger Painting
- Water Play
- 1-3 Piece Puzzles
A young baby experiences practical life every day. From the beginning of their lives, babies experience practical life because the activities are done to them. For instance, feeding, diaper changing, bathing, etc.
You can start some new practical life activities with your infant once they become more mobile. If your child can sit up unsupported you may like to start giving them a wet towel to clean their hands or face after eating. This may start as just exploring the wet towel (usually by mouthing) but eventually, your infant will learn to wipe his hands, face, and table as time goes on.
Here are a few other practical life activities your child may be interested in between 6-12 months:
- Drinking from a Cup
- Starts using a Spoon
- Wiping their Table
- Help to Set Table
- Help transfer Laundry
- Sitting in Chair
The child’s absorbent mind (0 – 6 years) is driven by what Maria Montessori identified as sensitive periods in development. Follow your child’s lead for his/her cues of sensitive periods beginning.
Here’s a list of sensitive periods your baby may be experiencing at this age:
- Movement Birth-6 Years
- Gross & Fine Motor Development Birth-2.5 Years
- Language Birth-6 Years
- Sensory Skills Birth-5 Years
- Emotional Control Birth-2.5 Years
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Disclaimer: This isn’t the end all be all with Montessori for your 6-12 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.