To complement the innate curiosity, creativity and intelligence of children, the Montessori curriculum is highly enriched and challenging to cultivate human potential, nurture spontaneous curiosity, and inspire a sense of wonder.
The beautiful Montessori Infant classroom is a special environment meant to replicate the home. Here children are met with warmth, love, care and respect. The adults in the classroom aide the child as they develop hand-eye coordination, grasping skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, language and coordination of their body through movement. Our peaceful and loving environments have developmentally appropriate materials and activities that support the child through each stage of infant growth. Because we “follow the child,” we provide a variety of environments where infants can explore based upon their curiosity and mobility. More learning takes places in the first two years than at any other time in a child’s life. The brain develops rapidly, and this growth is aided by the child’s physical experiences. The Montessori approach provides a specially “prepared environment” as infants explore the wonders of their ever-widening world.
Gross motor skills are the ability to make large body movements like rolling over, pull along with arms, crawling and walking. Fine motor skills are the ability to make small, detailed movements with hands and fingers. Use of motor activities helps develop hand-eye coordination, visual acuity and manual dexterity.
Social activities help the child to recognize emotions in others. For the infant, this is the beginning of communication through imitation, making sounds and smiling. Self-awareness and problem solving occur through social activities.
The infant takes in most of her information through the five senses. Activities designed to provide stimulation of the senses are provided through materials, songs and experiences.
The ability to focus and think are opportunities provided by problem solving activities, encouraging the child’s natural curiosity and offering matching materials and a variety of sizes and shapes. Infants quickly develop the ability to pay attention to many kinds of information at once. They learn how to perceive differences and details around them, and they quickly become used to something new.
Practical Life Skills
Allowing each child to participate in the everyday workings of the classroom shows the child he is a valued and needed member of the community. This work develops independence and competence. Older infants will practice washing hands and face, wipe up a spill and care for the environment.
Communication has been developing since birth. Sign language, listening skills, producing sounds, and interactions all help to develop language. Sign language helps the child to express needs in a non-verbal manner. Songs, rhymes, stories and conversation guide the child to learning language.