Another observation of Dr
Montessori’s, which has been reinforced by modern research, is the
importance of the sensitive periods for early learning.
periods of intense fascination for learning a particular
characteristic or skill, such as going up and down steps, putting
things in order, counting or reading.
It is easier for the child to
learn a particular skill during the corresponding sensitive period
than at any other time in his life.
The Montessori classroom takes
advantage of this fact by allowing the child freedom to select
individual activities which correspond to his own periods of