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Otto reaching up to the daffodil at HWM

It's now Spring, although it still feels like Winter and we have a tendency to want to rug our babies up and keep them inside. At six months the baby is grabbing and pulling and putting things in their mouths, we are constantly saying no and keeping them away from everything precious. But at six months the child is capable and interested and has an innate desire to explore.

Otto reaching up to the daffodil at HWM

Today we spent some time in the garden, just watching the birds and squirrels play around us. The change from Winter to Spring is magical, last weekend these Daffodils were covered in snow. The child can not only see this change, they can experience it and touch it.

Otto reaching up to the daffodil at HWM

In the garden, there is a calmness and so many things to touch, explore and observe. The fresh air is so good.

Otto grasping flowers in garden at How we Montessori at six months

The six-month-old hands are also learning to grasp, to pick up small objects, we use organic grain puffs or even bread pieces to keep the hands busy while waiting for lunch. This is a fantastic way to encourage fine motor skills in a safe and every day way.

Otto grasping flowers in garden at How we Montessori at six months

The hands can grasp a weaning glass but need help to tip it up. The weaning glass tells the child we trust them and yes, you can feed yourself.

Otto grasping flowers in garden at How we Montessori at six months

Rattles, board books and, other manipulatives help to create an environment of yes. Otto is my most oral child yet and we are carefully guiding him not to eat or chew his books. 

Otto turning pages of book  six months at HWM

They are so little but their hands can do so much!

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