The Fall-time session of MCH’s Discover Me Program was a huge success with five mothers and their infants attending. It was wonderful getting to know one another as we explored the meaning of the Montessori philosophy and how it directly facilitates respect and independence in children.
The Discover Me classroom was thoughtfully set up to be beautiful and stimulating for the infants. The materials were specifically chosen to promote growth in all domains of development. Infants thoroughly enjoyed exploring the variety of materials in the environment and especially liked climbing the foam climbing ramp apparatus. The infants radiated so much pride when they independently reached the top of the ramp!
Mothers observed their infants interacting with me and the other infants and they remained available to offer reassurance and guidance when needed. They also participated in valuable group discussions pertaining to child development and shared stories about personal parenting experiences. Our discussions included topics such as bedtime rituals, the importance of sleep, pacifier use and preparation and readiness skills for a toddler program. We also discussed the importance of observation; learning ways parents can encourage their children to be independent and respectful, and much, much more.
Group time seemed to be the highlight of each class as the children and parents responded joyfully to singing, finger plays, clapping, and story time. A version of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and “Open, Shut Them” were favorite songs. We had a lot of fun. It was such a treat for the adults to see the older infants dancing, clapping and laughing!
I was so pleased with the outcome of the Fall-time Session of the Discover Me program. Parents truly grasped the key elements of the Montessori philosophy and healthy, joyful relationships were fostered.
I am pleased to announce that the Winter Session is full. If you or anyone you know is interested, we will be offering a Spring-time session that will begin in April.