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Montessori's Sensitive Period for Order

When I read about the Montessori sensitive periods I get really nervous and fearful that I am not providing everything my daughter may need for optimal development. I read in your Face Book post about the Sensitive Period for Order. What should I be doing if she is in this sensitive period? How can I encourage her and help her to be her best? Do I need more order and structure in our day? What about routines? Thanks for your input!

I've tried to be consistent at home with whatever my son's routine was at school, when they ate snack, lunch, napped... While at the same time serving dinner at the same time each night, and using the same routine: he always gets in his PJs first (and very early because he wants to be the one to do it all--with a little help from me); dinner is at the same time, then one 30 minute TV program, followed by going into his room where he can play (and we read three books). We've done this routine for quite a few years! I always knew we needed a routine, I didn't always know what it would entail.

As for mornings, that routine adjusted over time but it's pretty much the same routine (we do the same things in the same order each morning).

For my son what works is getting dressed as soon as he gets out of bed (and going potty) but it wasn't always this way, it was trial and error! But once I found the best routine, I stuck with it!

The following passages are from my Montessori teacher album (by Ursula Thrush):

The sensitive periods are transitory periods in the child's life during which she is prompted by an inner urge to focus her attention on certain elements in her environment. The activities and impressions resulting from this activity help the child to form a faculty with which to fulfill a tendency....

After a spell of work done at the imperious bidding of this inner urge, the child, or individual, feels...

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