Montessori Baby: Observations

One of the biggest “rules” of Montessori is observing the child. Not only giving them the freedom to explore, experiment and learn; but observe them doing so. Which in turn gives you insight as to activities or materials you can suggest to them that are within their path of exploration. This is a concept I’m trying to strongly implement in raising baby X. I will periodically record my observations here.
The biggest lesson and challenge for me is following his lead. While I may want him to focus on shape sorting, forcing him to do so will gain us no ground. He won’t advance with shape sorting and we’ll miss the opportunity for him to advance in the areas HE is focused on.

X’s current areas of focus:
A. Gross motor skills (crawling/climbing)
B. Eating and drinking
C. Pincher grasp
D. Nature observation
E. Babbling

Activities to help him develop these skills:
-Provide obstacles and things to pull up on. (A)
-Encourage self feeding. (B, C)
-Provide small cup for drinking (B)
-Make stacking cups and other toys that encourage pincher grasp available (C)
-Colorful rubber bands around a bottle (C)
-Daily walks (D)
-Time to handle grass/leaves/etc. (D)
-Read books daily (E)
-Engage in conversational exchanges, ask questions and repeat sounds back (E)

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