As Shloka grows I discover new things about her, parenting, motherhood and of course Montessori. We follow a mix of Montessori and other approaches that are all founded on respect for her need to explore, express and experience.
We have recently discovered her need to be independent - something that has grown much more over the past few weeks post her 2nd birthday.
It is such a fun and exciting time for all of us to see her bloom as we teach her how to live in the world today. The basic practical life skills they learn now will stay with them throughout their entire lives. So here is what we are doing, these activities and material suggestions are just starting points. Please don’t expect your child to be able to do all of these things on the first try. These are just suggestions and this maybe an age-appropriate time to begin working on mastering these suggested activities.
PREPARING YOUR ENVIRONMENT
As your child starts to transition into new sensitive periods you will need to provide new prepared environments. This can be done through activities, practical life, and creating ways for your child to gain independence.
TOYS & MATERIALS
Montessori materials support a number of different development stages. In order to find the right materials for your child it is important to follow your child’s lead. What are they interested in?
Do they like getting their hands dirty? Try more sensory materials. Do they like jumping and running? Try a climbing dome or pickler’s triangle. Are they able to concentrate for longer periods of time? Try a more challenging puzzle.
It is important to remember that the materials you provide should change with your child’s interests.
Here are just a few Montessori materials your 24-27 month old may be interested in:
- A Dressing Table
- Rolling Pins
- Color Box
- Marble Run
- Balance Bike
- Piklers and Climbers
- Objects to Object Match
- Card to Object Match
- Wooden Nesting Dolls
- Magnetic Toys
- Beading and Lacing Toys
- Pretend Play Toys
MONTESSORI ACTIVITIES for your Toddler.Montessori activities help support your child in every developmental stage or sensitive period. Some children will be different ages when experiences the same sensitive period and that is perfectly okay. This is exactly why it is important to follow your child’s lead when you’re preparing activities for them. Don't forget that It may take days or weeks for your child to comprehend the activity.
Here are some activities your 24-27 month old may enjoy:
- Magnetic Games
- Ride Balance Bike
- Lacing and Beading Activities
- Using Balance Beam
- Color Sorting
- Object to Object Matching
- Object to Card Matching
- Painting On Stones
- Using Pebbles for Play and Stacking
- Stacking Toys
- Kitchen Pretend Play
- Make Clay Faces
- Nature Art
- Sorting Tray - Nature / Animal Activities.
PRACTICAL LIFEProviding your child with practical life activities will help support this need for independence. Supporting your child in their quest for independence can be hard but with practical life activities, you can feel good about enabling them to do tasks on their own.
Start by trying one of these practical life activities for Montessori for your 24-27 month old:
- Getting Undressed
- Crack an Egg
- Getting Own Drink
- Arranging Flowers
- Window Washing
- Measuring Liquids
- Preparing Own Snack - Shloka loves decorating her Pizza
- Getting Own Drink
- Grocery Shopping - We took her to Food Hall yesterday and she really enjoyed herself.
- Using Toilet
- Shaking Rugs
- Help Mopping
Diwali cleaning can be fun for them - washing walls was my favourite activity as a kid and she loves it as well.
Moods & Tantrums and Sensitive Periods.
These are the terrible Twos but how you manage them and try to understand where the child is coming from will make all the difference. Maria Montessori identifies sensitive periods in development as the child’s absorbent mind (age 0 – 6 years).
Follow your child’s lead for his/her cues of sensitive periods beginning. Try not to underestimate your child’s ability or work. If he/she is 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 24-27 months:
Sensory Skills Birth-6 Years
- Small Objects 1 Year – 4 Years
- Refinement of Senses 2 Years – 6 Years
- Language Birth-6 Years
Movement Birth-6 Years
- Gross & Fine Motor Development Birth-2.5- 3 Years
- Emotional Control Birth-2.5 Years
- Order 1 Year – 3.5 Years
- Music 1.5 Years- 6 Years
Your 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. Learn to 'Follow your child’s lead.' and be patient with them. Putting pressure on them can lead to frustration which actually leads to toddler tantrums.
Your approach towards them is critical. Treat them with respect, love and understanding and you will both live A Charmed Life.