The American Montessori Society (AMS) has a very helpful video on infant-toddler Montessori called “Preparation for Life: Montessori Infant-Toddler Communities.” It shows three infant-toddler Montessori programs and is helpful not only if you’re looking for an infant-toddler program, but also if you’re looking for ways to use Montessori principles with your infant or toddler at home.
There are a number of Montessori principles shown in action in the video:
- Safe environment where infants and toddlers are free to explore
- Beds (mats) on the floor that are accessible without adult assistance
- Low shelves and child-sized furniture
- Variety of surfaces for the child
- Activities to encourage order, concentration, coordination, and independence
- Consistency of adults
- Child is seen as competent rather than helpless
- Respect for the child’s need for independence
My favorite quote from the narrator is the following:
At the core of every decision is a respect for the child’s ability and desire to achieve independence.
What do you find most helpful in the video(s)?