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" … The younger one sees what the older ones are doing and asks for explanations. There is a communication and harmony between the two that one seldom finds between the adult and the small child." (Absorbent mind) #hbmh #primary #brownstairs #helpingeachother #floorrug #montessori
“We should not look at newborn infants as small, helpless human beings, but as persons who are small in size, but with an immense mental capacity, and many physical abilities that cannot be witnessed unless the environment assists in the expression of life.”
– Dr. Silvana Montanaro
The Infant Community at Healthy Beginnings Montessori House is affectionately referred to as the Raspberry Room. Like all of HBMH’s classrooms, our Nido environment is rooted in the educational philosophy of Maria Montessori. In fact, the word Nido comes from the Italian word “nest” and is meant to convey the warmth and security of a home.
Through the environment’s simplicity and order, the room is safe, secure, stimulating, and most importantly full of . The preparedness of the teachers allow students to learn at their own pace, using their senses to explore and discover the world.
Age appropriate materials and aids that induce concentration, movement, language, and cognitive development
“Open” classroom, absent of inhibiting items such as playpens, “bouncing” seats, activity saucers, swings and walkers
Floor Beds, which permit movement such as slithering from day one; crucial to their development
Gently touched and spoken to softly, as a whole individual, in an environment with low baby-to-teacher ratio
Calmness is nurtured by following your babies natural rhythm of development
We invite those with little ones between the ages of 6 weeks – 18 months to stop by for a tour, and witness the beauty of our Montessori Nido!
The Montessori pedagogy is one that has been practiced for over 100 years. It’s teachings and materials are used to help mold young minds in Montessori schools all over the world. Dr. Maria Montessori developed this philosophy to focus on human development, which is something we embrace here at HBMH.
Many new Montessori parents come to us with the same question, “Will my child be prepared for the 21st Century?” Often times, this is asked while making the decision to remain in Montessori for the kindergarten year, or enroll in public school early. This, of course, is a logical question because Montessori is a more non-traditional practice, however it is one that prepares children to be more academically advanced than their fellow classmates who may have attended a traditional day care/school instead. I enjoy indulging in conversations such as these, because it’s a time to educate my families on the benefits of Montessori; a time to show them all the wonderful gifts and skills their children develop while receiving an authentic Montessori experience every day.
There are so many developmental skills that are embodied in the Montessori curriculum with which our young friends receive every day.
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
- Collaboration and Leading by Influence
- Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
- Oral and Written Communication
- Assessing and Analyze Information
- Curiosity and Imagination
- Love of Work
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
“Our children are allowed to choose, explore, manipulate objects. They are encouraged to formulate ideas, try these ideas out, and accept or reject what they learn.” – Tami Kinna, Owner/Director HBMH Continue reading