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Montessori in the Home - Infants

Our second parent gathering this month we discussed how to integrate the Montessori philosophy in the home for children of all ages. Toddler and Primary age families learn how to set up different areas in the home to foster independence while Elementary teachers shared what tasks and responsibilities older children should participate in at home for daily “homework.”

“Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not for school, but for life.” – Maria Montessori

Infant tasks to promote independence

1. Tummy time

2. Time on the floor, not held

3. Cozy area for sleeping if tired, something at their level

4. Colorful/Natural toys

5. Mobiles

6. Little table and chairs for eating

7. Repetition

8. Holding their own bottles

9. Self-soothe

10. Picking up toys/food

Preparation of environment to help promote independence:

1. Soft flooring/carpet, mirror to look at the reflection and using boppy for support for a newborn.

2. Sit next to or nearby and have toys to play with for entertainment.

3. Boppy, bean bag and crib

4. Musical instruments, toys to stack (stacking cups), balls to roll and stuffed animals to feel.

5. Mobiles help the child notice their surroundings more and to help to self-soothe.