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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Montessori Baby - Exploring with Feet

Following your baby's interests can seem like sort of a daunting task at times, especially when they can't talk to you or even move all that much. But there are subtle clues for us to pick up and offer experiences related to those clues. This is the power of observation in Montessori.


Babies and Learning to Kick


At his age (just under 3 months) we often talk about the importance of the hand. And, that should not be underestimated. But, this week, I've noticed a strong new interest for Teddy, and that's in moving and kicking his feet. By taking notice of this interest, I'm able to prepare his space and our materials to meet this need for him to move in this way. 

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Here were some signs that he was interested in moving his legs/feet around: 
  • kicking in excitement when he sees someone/something 
  • noticing that during play he is literally wiggling right out of his pants 
  • his feet and legs kick up every time he is put down to sleep/waking up kicking 
  • pushing his feet down and against me as he nurses

Accommodating this new interest has been fun and easy! Here are some ways we've met this interest this week:
  • placing him in the movement area so he can kick his bell mobile
  • placing a toy near his feet to kick
  • placing blanket or play silk near is feet to explore the texture 
  • kicking a larger object near his feet (this was accidental as I put a measuring cup down and didnt realize he could feel it - but he loved feeling the cool texture)
  • If it was warmer I might also put a small tray of water for him to splash, but instead this has just happened in the bath


I've been shocked at how accurately Teddy can kick things - especially the bell mobile which is a fairly small target. It's just incredible what babies can do. These are all easy ways to meet his new interest and give him new ways to explore his body and movement. I can't wait to see what he is interested in next! 


Does your baby love to kick or move their feet? 

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