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Sensitive Periods

Heather Pratt White


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.


Heather Pratt White

Heather White, EdS, is a Montessori coach and consultant, blog writer and content creator for organizations such as the American Montessori Society, in-home teacher and nanny, Montessori educator for adult learners through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, and a manager for Guide & Grow.

Formerly, she was a Montessori guide (Early Childhood 3-6 and Elementary I 6-9) and assistant (Elementary II 9-12) and Associate Head of School for Lake Mary Montessori Academy for more than 12 years. She also has experience as a School Psychologist intern.

She 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. Contact her at


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