Learning Areas for 3 month- 13 months:
1) Set up a corner in your home/school for babies. Set a mat down with some infant stimulation cards, a safe mirror, real life animal pictures and anything else that the child seems interested in.
2) Put out 1-3 different toys that the child is interested in such as a ball, rattles, teethers, open ended toys and let the child explore. Do not tell the child what to do, just observe them. There is no structure to this learning area, simply let the child explore.
Here is a corner for Emma who is 3 months here. Along the wall there are infant stimulation cards and a mirror.
The infant stimulation cards will help calm and soothe the baby, increase concentration skills, enhance natural curiosity, and stimulate the creation of brain cell connections. You can download them for free at brillbaby.
Ages:13 months and up
1) Get a shelf according to the space your have
2) Get get trays, bins, or baskets.
You can get the bins and baskets at the dollar store. The trays you can purchase from: Orientaltrading.com or montessoriservices.com or lakeshorelearning.com for the bins.
3) Pick the categories for your shelf.
They can be:
Life Skills– This is to help the child learn day to day life activities such as pouring exercises ( Dry and wet), spooning, transferring, cleaning, folding, scrubbing, preparing small meals, shoe lacing, buttoning etc…
Sensorial- Activities that develop the five senses: Hearing, sight, tasting, touching, smelling.
Math- Hands on math activities
Literacy– Hands on literacy activities
Fine Motor Skills: Hands on activities to develop pincer grasp to help the child develop pencil control and pre-writing skills.
Pre-Writing: A step ahead of fine motor skills. This area involves tracing and beginning writing.
Logic/Memory- Puzzles, memory activities, reasoning activities, problem solving activities
Art- drawing, painting, coloring, arts and craft projects
Geography– The study of world map, your current geographical
location, landforms, oceans, etc.
Science– Nature studies
Interest Led: activities based on what your child is interested in.
* you can make your own categories such as bible, knitting, etc…
For example Shelf Tasks and activity ideas- see here:
To learn how to implement ShelfWork and get over 180 hands-on visual activities for children ages 3 months to five years, click here for the e-book.