Infant Program

 

“The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori

The Infant and Toddler environments are prepared to aid in the natural development of the child. These environments are physically safe, cognitively challenging, and emotionally nurturing. The child is free to explore and manipulate, and to be fully involved in learning projects. We allow children to do what they are ready and willing to do. We reinforce their self-initiated activities by paying full attention, while being quietly available, and by appreciating and enjoying what the children actually do. Our environments are sanitary, and our student-to-caregiver ratios are low. We want to make your child’s school experience a positive one.

The infant environment of Sun Grove Montessori School is prepared to aid in the natural development of the child.  Infancy is a period of rapid change physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively and neurologically.  Therefore, it is important that the environment for the child be physically safe, cognitively challenging, and emotionally nurturing.  During this time, exposure to the appropriate materials and experiences is critical.  The child is free to explore and manipulate, fully involved in learning projects.  We allow children to do what they are ready and willing to do.  We reinforce their self-initiated activities by paying full attention, while being quietly available, and by appreciating and enjoying what the children actually do.  For example, infants who are learning to walk need a free range of motion and the opportunity to move.  In a Montessori environment, all of the “children” are invited to move about freely.  The infants not only appreciate this opportunity, but they also make good use of it by learning to walk sooner.

In addition, our infant environment encourages family involvement.  Parents are invited to visit and observe at any time.  Please be respectful of all of the infants.  Using a quiet voice is imperative.

Your child’s experience in school should be positive.  Our environment is sanitary, and our friend to caregiver ratio is low (4 infants: 1 staff member).  Sun Grove Montessori School is here for you and your child, providing quality care and valuable learning experiences.

 Montessori environments for infants are prepared to be as homelike as possible.  These environments involve small children in a routine of daily activities including quiet times and rest periods. The characteristics of these environments include:

  • continuity of care 
  • an ordered physical environment 
  • consistency of activity

In environments with these characteristics infants build a sense of security, a sense of order and a sense of time. Continuity of care lays the foundation for emotional and social well-being. If infants interact with the same people day after day, they feel secure, and they have the opportunity to build lasting relationships and social bonds they can depend on.

An ordered physical environment lays the foundation of an ordered mind. If infants find things in the same place day after day, they learn to recognize those things and where they belong. In such an environment children grow confident in their ability to know and memorize things, in other words, they become confident in their own intellectual capacity.

Similarly, consistency of activity contributes to children’s security and intellectual confidence. A daily routine develops in infants an understanding of the passing of time. If, day after day, infants follow the same routines at the same time and the same places, they have further opportunity to discover that they know something when they recognize familiar things and events. If infants take part in the same activities, in the same order day after day, they further consolidate their sense of security, order and time.

At Sun Grove Montessori School, the infant environment is a nurturing home-like environment for infants from 6 weeks until approximately 18 months.

This environment is organized and directed by a Montessori trained adult who is assisted by carefully selected adults.   

Activities in Montessori environments for children under the age of three are related to real life. They provide children with opportunities to develop voluntary, controlled movement, independence in daily life and spoken language.

Montessori Directress – Infant Room

 

Miletsy Desarden joined the Infant Program in January of 2014.  Miletsy came from Puerto Rico where she ran a childcare program. After joining the Sun Grove team she quickly embraced the Montessori method and began her Infant-Toddler Montessori training. Milly has completed the AMS Infant-Toddler training and expects to receive her official credential in 2017.

 

 

Infant Assistant

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Jan Rogen is originally from New England. She has spent 12 years working in Montessori education and was also a Governess for 5 years. Ms. Jan began a career at SGMS in 2002, left for a few years and returned in 2015 to work with our youngest students.