Sensory and Cognitive Development | Ages 0 to 3

Current Status
Get Started

Sensory education is a fundamental piece in María Montessori’s proposal in the first years of life. At this stage, your mind quickly absorbs everything it perceives from its environment, establishing the first thought processes.

In this course you will learn to identify the importance of exploration through the senses and you will be able to create heterogeneous experiences so that the child can begin to know his environment.


Discover all the courses for preschool education and specialize in the 0 to 3 years stage


Discover all the courses for preschool education and specialize in the 0 to 3 years stage



Know the Sensorial and Cognitive area purposes in the Montessori environment


Design some sensorial experiences for children between 0 and 3 years old.


Reflect on the importance of sensorial education from birth.


Know the groups of exercises and their sequence.


Identify the characteristics of the materials in this area.


Identify the necessary preparation of the adult-guide for level zero to three years.


  • Teaching team with great knowledge and international experience in Montessori classrooms.
  • Didactic material: in our virtual campus you will find theoretical and practical content and videos.

“The senses, the explorers of the environment, open a path to knowledge” says Dr Montessori in her book “Absorbent Mind”; therefore, sensorial education is a fundamental element of her approach and in the first three years of life, it focuses on offering experiences that respond to a child’s curiosity and tendency to explore throughout his body.

Colours, shapes, sizes, smells, flavors, weights, textures, temperatures, become part of the child’s absorbent mind, which has unlimited potential and lays the foundation for thought processes.


The materials are simple but attractive, they have a defined purpose and give the child the possibility of learning through his own activity.

In her book: A Human Being, Dr. Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, a Montessori expert at 0-3 stage, includes among the needs of the
newborn to explore the new environment with all the senses and explains:

“We can easily provide rich stimuli to newborns, no expensive equipment is needed, but only trained people who understand what a newborn is and who offer valuable experiences to children with intelligent love.”

What does the Sensorial and Cognitive area provide?

  • Importance of sensory and cognitive activities.
  • Purposes of the area.
  • Characteristics of the materials.

How are the Sensorial activities presented?

  • Exercise groups and their sequence.
  • The role of the adult.

Sight and hearing

  • 0 to 12 months
  • 12 to 24 months
  • 24 to 26 months

Touch, taste and the sense of smell

  • 0 to 12 months
  • 12 to 24 months
  • 24 to 36 months

Early cognitive processes:

  • The permanence of the object.
  • Find similarities.
  • Establish sequences.

There is an increasing interest among families and educators to implement the Montessori method and thus benefit children.

This seminar can be applied in different areas, such as: Home, School in house, Toy libraries/ Playrooms, Day care centers.


  • Teachers
  • Professionals interested in Early Childhood Education
  • Homeschooler families (homeschooling)
  • Toy library / Playrooms educators
  • Specialist Educators in Special Educational Needs
  • Grandparents, families and any other professional profile interested in these stages of development
  • Psychologists, Speech Therapists, Pediatricians, Therapists, Neurologists
  • Children’s educators
  • Mothers and fathers
  • Babysitter
  • Other educational settings
  • Any professional interested in educational innovation

Once the course and the activities proposed for each module have been completed, the student will receive a Digital certificate of achievement and completion of the course, issued by the International Montessori Institute, official Montessori pedagogy training center.

Registering for the course is very simple, you must click on the “Take this Course” button that you will find under the course title.

Once this is done, the shopping cart will appear with the course you have chosen, and you must click on “Proceed to checkout”, or continue browsing our website to add new courses to your cart.

The next step will be to fill in the form with the billing information and choose the payment method: by card or Paypal, and click on “Place order”.

After the registration process, you will automatically receive a welcome email, which will include your access codes so that you can start the course. Remember that you have up to 30 days to complete the course.

Remember that after reading or viewing the content of the lessons you must press the “Completed” button, and thus proceed to the next topic. 

Course Content

Expand All