“Encountering something new in natures sparks the child’s curiosity and leads to a spontaneous lesson as the child asks “What is this? What is it called? How does it feel/smell/taste/sound?”
These sensorially-based questions are concrete evidence of the child’s stage of development. In this sensitive period, children should be encouraged to explore their environment with their senses.
Once their senses have been awakened, they can be shown more abstract concepts such as how to care for plants, how to feed and water the class pet, the different shapes found in leaves, the parts of a turtle or butterfly.
Montessori realized that young children in the period of the absorbent mind have a real need to learn the proper names for things.”
We caught a spider jumping around our sofa a few days ago.
It became Big E’s new friend for the day. He took it with him to the toilet, to bathe, eat, even out shopping.
He spent a long time observing it with his microscope & magnifying glass.
Here’s what he discovered and told me just by observing:
- A spider has 8 legs.
- It’s mouth keeps moving and looks funny.
- It has a BIG head!
- It only has a head and a butt! (He calls it the butt)
- It has many eyes and there are eyes on top of the head and below it, there’s more eyes.
- It can jump.
- It is brown.
We intend to release it tonight & head to the library to borrow some books on spiders.
We’ll see how much he can learn from this mini episode.