The following infant/toddler Montessori video gives a great introduction on how a Montessori environment is created and is a reminder of how homeschooling principles using the Montessori Method can be created at home. Homeschooling in the broader sense of the word is any teaching a parent does with their child at home. In Canada all parents are homeschooling for at least one year during the one-year Maternity leave. If a parent continues to stay at home they can create more homeschooling activity centres to support the different phases of development. If you go back to work and your child goes to daycare, you can still support “a love of learning” with a homeschool curriculum (I recommend Montessori).
When creating a Montessori classroom at home one can implement many of the same philosophies, a prepared environment and materials. One of the key characteristics of an infant and toddler environment is a design supporting a high level of movement. I imagine that Montessori would not be a fan of playpens as she believed that there is a “Sensitive Period of Movement” that occurs during the first plane of development (0-3), (3-6)years old) when a child begins to walk.
A child who starts to walk will have a strong desire to keep walking. As adults we walk to get us from one destination to another. A child walks for the sake of walking. They are refining their skill of walking, they do not need a destination, going up and down the stairs will do very nicely. Thus, it makes sense to create a “safe home environment” similar to a Montessori infant or toddler or preschool classroom supporting the sensitive periods and appropriate stages of development.
In 1907, Montessori created her first classroom and it was called “Casa Dei Bambini” or children’s house. The name “children’s house” can be interpreted literally as a home for children. The home like a Montessori classroom should be a warm and safe environment. It is possible to recreate many of the Montessori benefits in your home. Consider yourself your child’s best first teacher and a homeschooling parent for at least for the first year of your child’s life.
The following infant/toddler Montessori video gives a great introduction on how a Montessori environment is created and is a reminder of how homeschooling principles using the Montessori Method can be created at home. Enjoy this video on infant/toddler Montessori produced for the American Montessori Society. Please leave a comment or question?
“Infant/Toddler Montessori:Preparation for Life”