January 25, 2009
The Sensitive Periods
As a result of her opportunity to observe children who were free to act upon in their environment in a natural way, Maria Montessori was able to identify several Sensitive Periods that occur in every child's development. Sensitive periods are now widely accepted in the scientific community, and are sometimes referred to as critical periods, or critical windows. This link on my other blog will take you to a document about the Sensitive Periods of the First Plane of Development. Hopefully a better understanding of these periods will encourage parents to provide an environment that is supportive of the child's natural development.