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the eric update - day 274: nine months! and the sensorial explorer.

we've been reading "montessori from the start" which attempts to apply the montessori method's emphasis on hands on learning and discovery to infants.

the author's stress the importance of aiding the budding little sensorial explorer's ability to learn about the world through interaction with concrete, real objects:

"Young children cannot use imagination or abstract thinking to learn about the world. Because they are not yet capable of abstract thought, they must know the concrete world first and thereby develop the tools that lead to abstract thought and the furthering of their own construction. Children need, then, concrete objects whose qualities they can absorb through their own senses.

Most importantly, these materials must be of the real world."
well, i have no idea if the theory is proveable and there's no citations to studies that i can find, but it's an attractive philosophy since at the very least it could cut down on the number of toy purchases we'll make in the future!

who needs expensive gadgets when a spatula and a mason jar lid will do just fine :-)

oh, and odin is nine months old today!

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4/04/2005 10:22:00 PM 6 comments


At first when I saw the mason jar lid around his ankle I thought of Martha Stewart and her lowjack! He is absolutely adorable!

By Blogger Gab, at 1:32 AM  

now if he can just get his own spring collection like martha. hmmmmmm.

By Blogger e3, at 9:03 AM  

True true!! My son loves to play with pretty much anything that's NOT a toy. Wooden spoons, tupperware, shoes, remotes, coasters, hangers, etc.

By Blogger amy, at 11:14 AM  

happy 9 months little odin! i have been out of town and have missed some of my favorite reads! could you point me in the direction of the archives please? annie

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:50 PM  

hi annie!

the little icon next to the orange xml icon takes you to the archives, just scroll down to the appropriate month and click on the link to find all that you've missed :-)

By Blogger e3, at 8:04 PM  

Spatulas are popular around my home too, second only to the silicon BBQ basting brush ...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:05 AM  

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