Sensitive Period Listing

Birth to 3 years
The absorbent mind-the mind soaks up information like a sponge Sensory learning and experiences: The child uses all five senses-touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing-to understand and absorb information about his or her environment.

1 ½ to 3 years:
Language explosion-a child builds his or her future foundation for language at this period.

1 ½ to 4 years
Development and coordination of fine and large muscle skills, advanced developing grasp and release skill spawns an interest in any small object (usually dangerous ones on the floor).

2 to 4 years
Very mobile with greater coordination and refinement of movement, increased interest in language and communication (they love to tell stories- true or not!), aware of spatial relationships, matching, sequence and order of objects

2 ½ to 6 years
Works well incorporating all five senses for learning and adapting to environment

3 to 6 years
Interest and admiration of the adult world, they want to copy and mimic adults, such as parents and teachers.

4 to 5 years
Using one’s hands and fingers in cutting, writing and art. Their tactile senses are very developed and acute.

4 ½ to 6 years
Reading and math readiness, and eventually, reading and math skills.