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Sensitive Periods: Birth to 3 Years

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by Heather White, Ed.S., M.Ed., NCSP



Dr. Maria Montessori described sensitive periods as being "like a beam that lights interiorly." These are specific periods of time when a child has a heightened ability and interest to master a skill or gain new knowledge quickly and with ease. Some, like gross motor development are easily noticeable, while others such as a desire for order and a fascination with small objects may be less obvious. 
Together, we will explore the sensitive periods children from birth to three years of age often experience that enable them to intensely and enthusiastically explore and understand the world around them and will identify ways to observe these sensitive periods and to provide activities that support them. 


TypeOn-demand course
Duration 45 minutes
Participants Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers, Educators, Montessori educators, Homeschoolers
Language English


Heather White, Ed.S., M.Ed., NCSP, is a Montessori educational consultant and content creator. She guides classroom educators, administrators, parents, and caregivers to better understand the Montessori Method in an effort to continue utilizing its wonder in their work with children. Heather is a blog writer for many Montessori organizations including the American Montessori Society (AMS), Guide & Grow, and Mirus Toys, and a Montessori educator for adult learners through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS). She volunteers as an administrator and is a Facebook Manager for the Montessori at Home (0 to 3 Years) Facebook group and as the Early Childhood Chair for the Florida Association of School Psychologists. Formerly, she was a Montessori guide (Early Childhood 3-6 and Elementary I 6-9) and assistant (Elementary II 9-12), Lower Elementary Coordinator, and Associate Head of School for Lake Mary Montessori Academy for more than 12 years. She also has worked as a Montessori nanny and in-home educator for toddlers and has experience as a School Psychologist intern. Heather presents regular workshops on a variety of topics related to Montessori for LeadKid Academy and Guide & Grow and has been featured as a speaker at national and international online conferences including the US Nanny Association Conference and the Childhood Potential Montessori Conference. Heather is AMS credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I), holds her National Certification of School Psychology (NCSP), and has also obtained a Masters in Education with a Concentration in Montessori Studies in addition to her School Psychology degree. Heather looks forward to putting her years of experience and educational knowledge to use by inspiring all of those who cross her path and continuing to positively impact the lives of children through the work of Montessori by way of educators and caregivers. Contact her at


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