HOW TO PRACTICE MONTESSORI WITH YOUR 30 MONTH OLD TODDLER
Montessori with your 30 month old to 33 month old is such an exciting new phase of toddlerhood! Your child will have many new strengths and interests you will be able to really start putting their concentration skills to use.
There are lots of new materials, activities and environments you can expose your toddler to around this age and you will really be able to see your toddler’s hard work paying off!
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 with your 30 month old – 33 month old
PREPARING YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Preparing your environment should be your first step when creating a Montessori home. Providing a distraction free space for your child to grow and learn is the easiest way to get started with Montessori. Building concentration skills, independence and confidence along the way.
You can start preparing your home environment 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. Your 30-33 month old is probably looking for new challenges and depending on their interests (numbers, colors, letters, outdoors, practical life, etc.) you can provide Montessori materials to help facilitate their love of learning.
Here are just a few materials your 30-33 month old may be interested in:
- Cylinder Blocks
- Pink Tower
- Brown Stairs
- Red Rods
- Knobless Cylinders
- Binomial Cube
- Color Box 2
- Thermic Bottles
- Smelling Bottles
- Tasting Bottles
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.
If you’re just getting started with Montessori remember that your child won’t always be able to understand something on the first try. It may take days or weeks for your child to comprehend the activity. 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 30-33 month old may enjoy:
- Parachute Activity
- Freeze Dance
- Touch Boards
- Color Mixing
- Transferring With Dropper
- Patterning With Beads
- Conversation Picture Cards
- Nomenclature Cards
- What’s Missing Game
- Matching Opposites
Practical life activities are some of the easiest for you to supply yet the most rewarding activities for your toddler. These are skills that will stay with them throughout their childhood and into their adult life.
By now your 30-33 month old should know quite a few practical life skills well enough to complete on their own. As your child grows older they will be looking for new challenges in all areas of their life, including practical life.
Start by trying one of these practical life activities for Montessori for your 30-33 month old:
- Folding Napkins
- Washing Plates & Cups
- Stacks Dishes
- Vacuums Carpet
- Leaf Washing
- Digs Garden Bed
- Removes Weeds
- Uses Tweezers
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 30-33 months:
- Movement Birth-6 Years
- Gross & Fine Motor Development Birth-2.5 Years
- Refinement & Coordination of Movement 2.5 Years-6 Years
- Language Birth-6 Years
- Letter Shapes & Sounds 2.5 Years-5 Years
- Sensory Skills Birth-5 Years
- Small Objects 1 Year – 3.5 Years
- Refinement of Senses 2 Years – 6 Years
- Emotional Control Birth-2.5 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 with your 30 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.