The Prepared Nest

Tag: Wiring brain

Music To My Ears

“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” Plato Maria Montessori observed that the child’s sensitive period for music takes place between the ages of two and six years. During this period, the child is most sensitive to

Learning Development Stacks Up!

Who would believe a simple stacking toy could provide so many benefits? It’s her consistent ‘go-to’ toy and it fully engages her senses as she plays. As soon as this exploration begins, I know it’s time for me to sit back and watch: “Praise, help, or even a look, may be enough to interrupt her,

Repetition and Riptides

Children are born with natural urges that guide them as they gain control of their muscles and senses with little effort. Especially in the first three years of life, they are unconscious learners and tirelessly work toward independence. Given a safe and well-prepared environment, an infant will begin working to hold her head up, roll