Skip to main content

10 Minutes with Gus at 20 Months -- Montessori Young Toddler Week 36


At 20-months-old, Gus is just a delight! He is funny! He is expressing his will! He has a limited vocabulary (very limited, I need to write more about this!) but he tries to start conversations about things he can say and things he likes. He's just really a beautiful human. 

I've noticed lately that his play is shifting. He is definitely taking a greater interest in his toys and playing with them in new and interesting ways. He is slowing down and spending much more time with them again. So, I figured it was time for another 10 minutes with Gus post! See Gus at 16-months.  

This post contains affiliate links at not cost to you.

10 minutes of observation with a 20-month-old Montessori toddler: my thoughts and some play ideas


What He's Doing: Balls are his favorite thing! He trying to place all of his balls down his ball run. Some fit, some don't.

My Thoughts: Gus' sensorial exploration of materials is starting to move beyond texture and taste! He is exploring size without me needing to say anything or prompt him to do so. This is the type of creative play that I think is often missed if people aren't observing. There is not need to set up work for exploring all of these different concepts. 

Another observation, he stayed with this work for a very long time! Almost the entire 10 minutes that I was going to take pictures of him. He was happily and deeply engaged in this self-made discovery and learning opportunity. 


What He's Doing: Placing a ball he tried (that didn't fit) back into the basket where it goes. 

My Thoughts: This was unprompted. His sense of order is very strong right now and he's cleaning up a lot of the work that he is using. Usually not all the way, but it is happening. I was also surprised to see that he could shift his focus to putting away each ball that didn't fit and then going to try another one and back again. 


What He's Doing: Grabbing color mixing work that is meant for Nora and Henry. 

My Thoughts: So cheeky, that last smile! First thought, look how tall he is getting! He barely had to reach. Even compared to just a few months ago, the top of the shelf is starting to become a place where he is really capable of reaching. The transformation is amazing!

Speaking of getting big, he's LIMIT TESTING! He is definitely a toddler! Gus does this from time to time (the testing) and knows that this is not work that is available to him. But, I give him credit for trying. I simply said, "that's Nora's work. Let's find work for you to do!" And, we returned to the shelf together. And he went on his way. 


What He's Doing: Playing with this pegging sorter c/o of Monti Kids. 

My Thoughts: After I had observed so much careful sorting with the balls, I kind of thought that he would start to notice and sort the shapes here. But, he didn't! Gus has always loved pegging work and he seemed to be much more focused on that than anything else. Also, all the love for that toddler squat! I know he won't play like that for long, but I love the days of seeing that intense physical and mental concentration! He also didn't return this work.


What He's Doing: Grabbing Nora's bug boxes from the top of the shelf. Observing the bugs. Then walked over and slid them down his Pikler

My Thoughts: Gus was limit testing here again. He was thinking that I would redirect him, but these are fine for him to explore so I let it go. While they aren't "meant" for him, that doesn't mean that he can't get something from working with them. And, that's the thing about a prepared environment, there shouldn't be too much (if anything) that is off limits for exploration.

So I sat back and watched instead of saying anything. And, while his interest in the bugs was fleeting. He did love to see the boxes slide down the ramp! He did that for a long time, well after the 10 minutes of picture taking was over! Sometimes it pays to say "yes" (even if you're saying that by saying nothing at all.) 

Do you ever watch your toddler at play? What observations have you made lately? 
---

Comments

Popular Posts

The Ultimate Montessori Toy List -- Birth to Five -- UPDATED 2020

When you are interested in Montessori, it can be difficult to know exactly what types of products you should get for your home. Or which types of "Montessori" materials are really worth the price. There are no rules about types of products can use the name Montessori which can add to the confusion. Not to mention, every toy manufacturer slaps the word "educational" on the package for good measure! 2021 UPDATE: Please be patient with links this year, with supply chain issues things are selling out faster and restocking slower. I anticipate some of the specialty toys will not restock once they are gone. So, with this post, I'm going to try to help with this confusion! Here's a list of Montessori-friendly toys and materials for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  First, let's clarify that there is no such thing as a "Montessori toy." Montessori never created toys, but only works for classroom settings. While there are many work

Montessori Toddler: Favorite Toys and Activities 18 to 20 months

I've been putting off this post for a little while because I felt a little disappointed that I didn't have more to share. See, Teddy just isn't that into materials, especially those on the shelf. He tends to return to a couple of favorites over and over again and ignore all other attempts at shelf work. But, really that's my own adult feelings getting in the way of Teddy's own interests, and developmental path.  It's also me subconsciously valuing fine motor skills and stillness as more important than gross motor play and movement. I working hard not to do that, and want to normalize that all toddlers are different. All children have different interests and that concentration doesn't have to mean sitting still for long stretches of time.  This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. With all that said, here are some of Teddy's favorites over the last couple of months. Favorite Montessori Toys 18 to 20 Months I'm listing the toys that have be

Our Kids' Montessori Gift Lists 2020

With the holiday season upon us we've been making lists and gathering gifts for the Kavanaugh children. It's always a fun process of observing my children, seeing what they would really be interested in and making some decisions based on what I see. This year is different because I'm also making decisions knowing that we are looking at a very long and quiet winter ahead. So that's influencing the amount I will buy and the specific choices I will/have made.  Henry and Nora are also at the point, being into the second plane of development, where they heavily influence the items on the list and what is ultimately purchased. So, you'll see that while Montessori influences what I will purchase and what goes on their list, so does their own preferences and personality.  This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you.  Theodore Teddy is 14-months-old right now and as the fourth baby, we have so many toddler things. But, there are a few things I've still found tha