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.

An Easy Guide To Montessori For Your 6-12 Month Old

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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:

  • Bar
  • Mirror
  • 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.

Using an educational program such as Monti Kids will be of great help. This program is designed to take the guesswork out of finding Montessori materials suitable for your baby. Learn more about Monti Kids and how they can help you find age-appropriate Montessori materials by clicking here!   Use code HOLLY60 to get $60 off your first order.

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

 

ACTIVITIES

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

 

PRACTICAL LIFE

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

 

 

SENSITIVE PERIODS

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

Learn more about sensitive periods and how they affect your child by clicking here.

 

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What questions do you have about Montessori for your 6-12 month old? Pop them in the comments below so I can help you get started with your Montessori journey!

 

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.

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Sarah - May 18, 2020 Reply

Are there places that I could find used toys that are still in good condition? Some of them are kinda pricey new.

    Colleen H - May 20, 2020 Reply

    Sarah,

    I’ve had some luck at thrift stores and the Facebook market place. Another option is to look at the underlying skill of the toy. Most can be DIYed with items you have around your home!

    xx
    TTL Team Member

      Sarah - May 21, 2020 Reply

      Thank you for your reply Colleen. Now that thrift stores are opening back up I’ll plan to take a look there soon. I’ve done some things myself and it’s fun to watch my baby learn!

Justine Saludar - April 10, 2020 Reply

Hi, I love your site. I wish i found it earlier as i think my bubba is far behind some activities.

    Colleen H - April 10, 2020 Reply

    Justine,

    I absolutely understand where you are coming from. I felt the same way when I first found Montessori. I wish I had found it earlier. The good thing here is that it is never too late to start, and children have an innate drive to learn. They won’t know that they could have done it earlier.

    xx
    TTL Team Member

kate - March 1, 2020 Reply

Hi! Can you tell me where to find the “busy house” pictured above? Thanks!

    Colleen H - March 9, 2020 Reply

    Kate,

    This is a stock image so I am not sure where to find this specific version. However, I have seen a lot on Etsy if you search “Busy Board House”.

    xx
    TTL Team Member

Bailey - December 17, 2019 Reply

Hi!
I’m a beginner and I’m overwhelmed by the concept of rotation. How do you keep to a minimalist lifestyle with needing to have a good number of toys and places to store them when not displayed? Thanks!

    Holly - January 28, 2020 Reply

    I must admit, as a fellow minimalist I had the same thought when I first got started with Montessori. But it’s actually all the “saving for the next kid” that takes up the most space. For example, your child should only have 6-12 materials out at a time. When you rotate you don’t rotate all of the materials, just a few that you notice your child not playing with. This means you really only need to have 6-9 materials in rotation. Once you have rotated a material out a few times and you notice your child is no longer challenged or playing with the material it means it’s time to take it out of the rotation for good. You could then sell or donate the toy rather than keeping it in your rotation storage. Hopefully, this help! Holly xx

Alix - October 19, 2019 Reply

Awesome post. Thank you for the information. I do just want to mention one thing though, you suggested letting baby play with keys which is strongly advised against since keys almost always contain extremely high levels of lead. There are stainless steel baby key sets available that are a much safer option. Even touching keys and then putting their hands in their mouths can transfer high enough levels of lead to cause brain damage, just a PSA.

Miranda - August 10, 2019 Reply

I’m just starting to work on Montessori. My daughter was 3 months preemie. She is behind. She will not do any of the 15 month activities. She prefers to bang things together. Knock blocks down. She will not stack them. She will not put the shapes in the slots or coin. She will not put the ball on the tower to watch it go down but will snatch the ball if I do. She is tube fed and just finally starting to eat and crawl and try to stand. Any advice on where to start with her? Obviously she’s not ready for 15 month stuff. But where then?

    Holly - September 10, 2019 Reply

    You are her mama so you know best! Watch her and observe what SHE is interested in. Follow her lead and give her more of the materials that do hold her attention. The best thing we can do for our children is watch them and let them tell us what they want to do not the other way around. Let me know what you observe! xx

Lauren - July 10, 2019 Reply

I’d really love to implement some Montessori in my home for my son. I sort of did so for my daughter years ago without realizing it was this! She always had access to snacks, her dishes, a dustpan etc. my concern is now I have a dog and he loves to gain attention by stealing things that aren’t his. Would it take away from the experience to have supplies down low but in a container with a lid?

    Holly - July 22, 2019 Reply

    Absolutely not, so long as the container can be easily opened by your child it will still give them the freedom to choose and to independently complete the task. It’s great you were practicing with your first daughter and you didn’t even know it! I fell into that category when I first started too! xx

Katie @ Teacher and the Tots Blog - April 1, 2019 Reply

I love how you describe the specific areas that can be set up for a 6-12 month old! This is a great resource!

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