Sensitive Learning Periods 101

Your child is constantly growing and developing from the time they’re conceived to the time they become an adult themselves. During their development, children enter certain periods that allow them to learn crucial information about themselves and the world around them. Montessori sensitive periods, as they are called, occur between birth and the age of 6 years old. Let’s discuss sensitive periods you may encounter during your child’s first 3 years of life.


When your child is born, they will not be able to hold themselves upright for a while. Over time, children learn to crawl, pull themselves up, and walk on their own. They also begin to develop dexterity and hand-eye coordination during the first 3 years of life, so providing small toys and other items to your child for play with is recommend.

Montessori sensitive periods


From about 6 months to 3 years old, children are developing their language skills and are highly attuned to voices. During this time, they will need to hear languages spoken clearly and often around the home or in a classroom environment. Baby talk, or speaking gibberish to children, is not recommended.

Sensory Skills

During the first 3 years of your child’s life, they will seem to have a fixation on smaller objects and very minute details. When you notice this behavior, it indicates that your child is beginning to recognize how things are ordered and how details make a difference in their world. It’s recommended that you remove distractions and keep the environment clear to minimize distractions.

Some other sensitive periods include learning to use the toilet and how to keep things in order, both of which occur around the age of 1. If you’re concerned about your child’s development, speak with a child development professional in order to gain further insight into the growth of your child.

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