Infants need not only love, emotional nurturing, and a healthy physical environment, but also an environment that promotes their very real need to learn. The Montessori teaching method provides a basis for individual learning activities, appropriate for even the earliest stages of a child's development.
When they are ready, they will do it.
The daily needs of the infant (e.g., diapering, feeding, and bathing) are the optimal times for interaction, cooperation, intimacy, and mutual enjoyment. Using these times for social learning experiences encourages full participation of the infant and the caregiver. These times become the opportunity for much communication and nurturing.
Giving the infant time, attention, trust, and respect is the foundation of the Montessori Philosophy. The purpose of our Infant Development Program is to encourage, assist, and protect the normal development of each child. The primary goals include development of movement and independence.
Children in our Infant Classrooms will flourish in prepared environments that respect, support, and respond to their basic needs for independence, exploration, and the building of trust and self-esteem.
Our Infant Classrooms (ages 0-28 months) are designed based on mobility level, to safely support children’s need for independent exploration.
The classroom environment IS the curriculum of the Infant Program. The structure of the curriculum is based on 5 developmental areas:
- Sensory and Perception
- Physical and Motor
- Self-Help Skills
- Social and Emotional
All areas of our curriculum are reinforced by the infant caregivers' observations and reflections. Caregivers reinforce the infant's self-initiated activities by paying full-attention while being quietly available.
Come tour our school and learn about the quality, beauty, & effectiveness of the Montessori Method. See our Infant Classrooms in action. Call Mountain View Montessori to schedule a tour at your convenience: 715.298.3832.
Download our printable program brochure (PDF).