Between 4-6 months, the baby starts achieving new milestones, and everyday she learns something new. Her motor skills are evolving – she can grasp and kick with purpose now. She understands direction, and can lift her head up well, while on her tummy. If ready, she may also turn over at this stage. I have outlined a few of our favourite activities and montessori materials for 4-6 months here. This is just a guideline, and you may not need everything from this list in the same order.
By now, V2 was well into tactile mobiles. Once she started batting her gobbi, we introduced the ring on ribbon, and the wind chimes mobile. You can simply hang a puzzle ball or regular ball or some coloured ribbons above her (ensure they do not overstimulate and are developmentally appropriate). You will notice the baby enjoys batting, clutching and kicking the material.… Click to read the rest
Let’s face it- the opportunities to introduce stories of mythology and folk tales to our children are not as many as what we had when we were growing up. We do not visit native spaces as often. I do not follow religious occasions as much as my parents. I certainly was uncomfortable explaining stories of politics and war to my toddler. But the disconnect makes it even more important to introduce cultural stories to our children. Here is a simple list on how we go about it in our family and a round up of my favourite resources. I hope this helps you.
For the sake of simplicity, I have included ithihaasas like Ramayana and Mahabharata in this discussion along with mythological stories.
I myself am not very religious or ritualistic. We spend time finding out the meaning of rituals and making it accessible to our children. For example, the focus is more on related mythology stories and food for us, every festival.… Click to read the rest
2-4 months is a beautiful stage. The baby discovers her limbs and you will notice a more conscious movement of hands and legs. She is also getting better at visual tracking. As a continuation to our montessori from birth series, I have listed my top 5 materials or activities for 2-4 months old babies here.
1. Montessori mobiles
Continuing with the visual mobiles, we moved to the gobbi mobile at about 2 months. The Gobbi is made of balls of varying shades of the same colour that help the baby refine her senses by visually differentiating between shades of the same colour. We used it well into our batting stage. By around 3 months, V2 was all about fluid movement. She was exploring moving her limbs. This was when we introduced the dancers . The 4 dancers gently moving their limbs in the wind develop binocularity and dept perception along with visual tracking.… Click to read the rest