Children subconsciously absorb all of their surroundings, that is why it is important to maintain a well organized, prepared learning environment at all times, thriving with works that match their individual interests and needs.
Between the ages of birth to six years, a child experiences several different, spontaneous stages of their lives where they will focus on defining a specific skill, and sometimes concentrate on that skill alone for several weeks at a time. Moments like this, are referred to as a child’s “sensitive period”. As Montessori educators, we need to recognize and capitalize on these sensitive periods by preparing tools for the child to use, adequate space to work, and enough time to finish each sequence. We want to make the most of each precious learning experience. There is no greater gift than respecting the child and their need for order.
Uncluttered and organized…a place for everything, and everything in its place.