Montessori is a curriculum that lasts through many years of a child’s early life. Contrary to common belief, Montessori actually helps infants develop many different parts of human behavior.

Montessori Infant Care

Actually, Montessori even helps infants develop skills to enable them to further grasp knowledge in the near future (toddler age). Thus we many times stress the importance of Montessori at a very early age. Those children that stay through our Montessori course from a few months to 7 years really find themselves far more advanced to those children who don’t. A few of the areas we focus on are as follows:

  1. Intellectual Stimulation: interaction by verbal exchanges, music, exploring objects for size, shape, color, texture.
  2. Physical Stimulation: helps to produce movement in the large muscle groups.
  3. Self-Awareness: learning to creep, crawl and walk. Helps facilitate bottle holding, eating finger foods and learning to crawl and walk.
  4. Practical Life: facilitating holding of bottle and finger foods
  5. Social Development: interaction with kids of similar age group games, which include clapping and singing.
  6. Language: play with dolls and verbalize the body parts, name all body actions, read book sand look at pictures and interact with many finger plays.

montessori infant care

In assessing our curriculum with each and every child we look to achieve several developmental milestones for children between the ages of 6 weeks to 12 months. The developmental milestones are as follows:

Physical and Motor

Birth to 3 months: Demonstrate a variety of reflex movements for protection and survival such as: turning, rooting, sucking, defensive reaction, etc.

3 to 6 months: Begin to kick feet when prone, plays w/toes, reaches but misses dangling objects, shakes and stares at toy in hand, head self supported when head at shoulder, turns from back to side, sits with props, sits with support, makes effort to sit alone, exhibits crawling behaviors, rocks on all fours, draws knees up and falls forward and Graps with palm and displays partial use of thumb.

6 to 9 months: Sits alone- steadily, crawls, Stands by holding on, creeps, rolls from back to stomach, pulls to standing in crib, by furniture, raises self to sitting posture, successfully reaches and grasps toy, transfers object from on hand to the other, cruises along crib rail, and tries to walk holding on.

9 to 12 months: Exhibits “mature” crawling, cruises holding on to furniture, walks with 2 hands held, sits without falling, stands alone, may walk alone, attempts to crawl up stairs, grasps objects with thumb and forefinger, beginning to gain some deliberate control of movements like crawling, walking, and pincer grasp.

Social and Emotional

Birth to 3 months: Emotions of excitement, interest, distress, discomfort, pain, disgust, sadness. They know their mothers by sight and smell, develops a social smile, relaxes with familiar people, sleeps 17-19 hours a day, and establish emotional attachment with parents.

3 to 6 months: Emotions of pleasure, delight, joy and, surprise, anger, wariness, and fear. Develops social laughter, notices and interacts with peers, holds out arms to be held or picked up, plays peek-a-boo, participates in reciprocal social interaction, imitates sounds and gestures and responds differently to familiar and unfamiliar persons.

6 to 9 months: Emotions of anger, wariness, fear, formation of stranger and separation anxiety. Starts to become shy with strangers. Develops awareness that objects exist even when no longer visible.

9 to 12 months: Emotions of enjoyment and affection, separation anxiety peaks, and have different types of smiles. Starts to play pat-a-cake, waves bye -bye, gives a toy when asked, and negativism begins “No!”

Sensorial and Perceptual


3 to 6 months: Moves eyes from one object to another. Visually Differentiate familiar and unfamiliar, connects sounds and rhythms, Infant-directed speech.

sensorial and perceptual

Birth to 3 months: Do not lack awareness. Infants hearing are fully intact and can recognize mom and dad’s voice. Their vision is poorly developed, but still functional. They are able to see 8-12 inches away, able to imitate facial expressions in quiet alert state, able to track bright objects. Stroking promotes weight gain, immune function, lowers heart rate, increases in connections in brain, regulates hormone levels. Taste is acquired in utero and is highly functional at birth. 

6 to 9 months: Recognizes name and simple commands.

9 to 12 months: New developments in the recognition of objects and depth (size, volume, hardness, shape, temperature, texture, and weight). Develop haptic perception which is the perception of the properties of an object using touch. Are able to classify pictures of animals and follow simple directions.

Speech & Language

Birth to 3 months: Communicate by crying. Attends and responds to speaking voice and cooing.

3 to 6 months: Communicates by crying, cooing and eye contact.

6 to 9 months: Babbles and utters responses.

9 to 12 months: Babbles and makes sounds to gain attention.

Cognitive

Critical to infant development is the ability to develop a trust with the adults around them. Through love, affection, and close contact infants develop a trust with their parents and teachers. This helps accelerate the learning process in the next class. cognitive

Birth to 3 months: Infants start to bond with the parent and teacher through close contact. Attachment emerges gradually through this adult to infant bond. The maintenance of close proximity between infant and adult is part of an enduring relationship. Infants start to experience habituation or the ability to shut out excessive stimulation. Thus, they are able to adjust to their environment. Develop both innate reflexes and start to repeats actions that previously happened by chance; their reflexes become more coordinated.

3 to 9 months: Long Term memory starts to develop where infants can remember up to 2 wks after. The infant’s repetitive behaviors now focus on events or objects outside the body. The concept of object permanence is only partially developed. They will look only if partially visible. We create a safe environment where baby can begin to explore.

6 to 9 months: Sits alone- steadily, crawls, Stands by holding on, creeps, rolls from back to stomach, pulls to standing in crib, by furniture, raises self to sitting posture, successfully reaches and grasps toy, transfers object from on hand to the other, cruises along crib rail, and tries to walk holding on.

9 to 12 months: Infants demonstrate intentional, goal-directed activity, one of the 1st signs of intelligent behavior. They also imitate movements they cannot see themselves. They begin conceptualizing relationships between objects and events. The emergence of intentional action, imitation and Individual differences in cognition and attention develop trust and enables to enter the learning process.

Our Principle for Infant Care

At Memorial Montessori we care about the developmental of each and every infant. We design & implement our curriculum only because we know that children are best served with the quality and care we have set forth to do. It is our teachers’ love for each and every infant that helps the child grow immensely into the successful human beings we hope to see in the future.